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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Recent Examples on the Web For an internet phenomenon, DoggoLingo has had staying power. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cute canines on the web inspire DoggoLingo," 14 May 2020 Baby Yoda apparently has staying power—especially when there is nothing else to do. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Disney’s Stream Turns Into a Torrent," 9 Apr. 2020 Plug Power, which soared in pre-market trading, turned negative before 10:00 a.m. in New York, which shows these moves may not have much staying power. Luke Kawa,, "Retail Option Traders Re-Up Bets After Stock Darlings Plummet," 7 May 2020 Neither exercise lends itself to a final product with much staying power. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2020: Patriots land Tom Brady's replacement at QB after free agency, trades shake up first round," 19 Mar. 2020 But the bank believes Netflix will continue to benefit from cord-cutting, a trend with staying power. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "This is a 'make or break quarter' for Netflix," 16 Oct. 2019 His death on Thursday at age 86 marked a nation feeling sorely in need of a leader with Chirac’s staying power. Elaine Ganley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Late French leader Chirac had steely will with a human touch," 26 Sep. 2019 Whether Pineiro has that much staying power remains a wide-open question. Rich Campbell,, "Bears waive Elliott Fry, leaving Eddy Pineiro as the only kicker on the roster — for now: ‘I’ve still got to make kicks.’," 19 Aug. 2019 Sally Hansen will be discounting some of your favorite items at 30% off, including their Miracle Gel Nail Top Coat, a 2-step chip-resistant nail polish with gel-like staying power. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Don't Miss Amazon Prime Day and These Beauty Deals," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of staying power

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Staying power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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