keep going

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Verb[edit]

keep going (third-person singular simple present keeps going, present participle keeping going, simple past and past participle kept going)

  1. (intransitive) To continue functioning.
    The grandfather clock keeps going for over a week without winding.
  2. (transitive) To proceed; to make progress, physically or figuratively.
    • 2011 January 19, Jonathan Stevenson, “Leeds 1 - 3 Arsenal”, in BBC[1]:
      The Gunners have never gone out of the FA Cup in the third round under Arsene Wenger and never lost to a lower division side, two impressive runs they kept going at Elland Road on an evening that was fraught with potential dangers.
  3. (transitive) To see that (a person) is continually supplied with something, or that they can progress or carry on.
    I didn't think I could run any longer, but fear kept me going.
    • Agnes Owens
      [] he was generous when he had the cash. Many a time he kept me going in drink through the week when I was stuck for the ready []