Phrasal Verbs

stick at

This page is about the phrasal verb stick at

British and Australian English INFORMAL


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


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.


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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