staying power


Definition of staying power

: capacity for continuing (as in existence, influence, or popularity) without weakening

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a long-distance runner with a lot of staying power a song with staying power Her staying power as a pop icon is remarkable.
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And while Gaga’s iteration has already faded into a sleek silver, there is something about animal-print that has staying power. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Versace Just Served Up a Jaw-Dropping New Take on Head-to-Toe Animal Print," 13 Jan. 2019 But Microsoft’s rebound also proves that, while tech is a fast-changing industry, tech companies that reach a certain scale tend to have staying power. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Microsoft Shows Why Big Tech Has Staying Power," 29 Nov. 2018 Some of the best tech, the kind with staying power, has been percolating for years, often after failing miserably at first. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 Perhaps, but that’s hardly a formula for building staying power over a season, a playoff series, or even a single game. Mike Sielski,, "Flyers coach Dave Hakstol isn't going to scream just to satisfy you, and he shouldn't | Mike Sielski," 3 May 2018 The new rule: Color your lips entirely with the liner first, then layer lipstick on top for super-staying power. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 Common Beauty Rules to Break," 19 Nov. 2010 Furbies’) were everything the Post accused them of being, but their weirdness has given them cultural staying power — and sometimes they’ve been used for genuinely awesome projects, like a 44-Furby musical instrument. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 Apply mascara afterward to give the curl staying power. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 One-Minute Ways to Get Gorgeous," 1 Nov. 2010 But that alone doesn’t account for its staying power. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of staying power

1859, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of staying power

: the quality or ability that allows someone or something to continue to be effective, successful, popular, etc., for a long period of time

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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