staying power


Definition of staying power

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

Examples of staying power in a Sentence

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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Investors, however, are worried about Gucci’s staying power. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Gucci Still Looks Nouveau Riche to Investors," 12 Feb. 2019 That a screenplay this underwritten was made into a movie is an undeniable testament to Eastwood’s staying power in Hollywood, even at his advanced age. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Clint Eastwood’s new movie The Mule is exasperatingly flat," 14 Dec. 2018 One test of Dougherty’s staying power is whether his machine-style politics can beat back rapid change in city neighborhoods and shifts in the Democratic Party. Andrew Seidman,, "Philly labor leader John 'Johnny Doc' Dougherty, under federal scrutiny, raises more campaign money than ever," 15 Apr. 2018 In Bachelorland, whoever gets the first-impression rose generally has staying power. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "How ‘The Bachelorette’s’ Luke P. became this season’s front-runner — and villain," 17 June 2019 What’s more, most of the players who pulled off a 20-20 in the previous five years had staying power. Michael Beller,, "Pittsburgh's Crowded Outfield a Confusing Piece of the Waiver Wire Puzzle," 13 June 2019 The design had staying power: Rahm reimagined the multi-part jumpsuit as part of her latest bridal collection, released in April. Glamour, "Bachelorette Hannah's Premiere Gown Is Unlike Any You've Seen Before," 14 May 2019 Using your pinky finger and a lot of lubricant (particularly one that’s thick and silicone-based for staying power), slowly and gently explore what kind of anal stimulation feels good to you. Jessica Toscano, SELF, "Can Anal Sex Cause Hemorrhoids?," 11 May 2019 This month, though, both patterns are proving their staying power in new ways: A few weeks ago, Dorothy Draper Fabrics & Wallpaper released a new blue version of its most iconic print—in both indoor and outdoor fabrics. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Biggest Feud in Interior Design," 22 Mar. 2019

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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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