stick at

British and Australian English INFORMAL
This page is about the phrasal verb stick at.

Meaning: If you stick at something, you continue to do it even if it's difficult or it's taking a long time.

Synonym: keep at, persevere with

For example:

  • stick at sth Learning English isn't easy, but stick at it and one day you'll be speaking the language fluently.

  • stick at sth It took a long time for my business to succeed, but I stuck at it and eventually it did.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Lots of people want to be published writers, but only those who stick at it for a long time

a. fail

b. give up

c. succeed

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