soldier on

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soldier on (third-person singular simple present soldiers on, present participle soldiering on, simple past and past participle soldiered on)

  1. (intransitive) To continue or persist, despite adversity or difficulty.
    He soldiered on through the night, working hard and not sleeping.
    First boy:What do I do? I was playing in the house when I wasn't supposed to, knocked my mother's vase over and it broke. She thinks it just fell. How do I tell her?
    Second boy: It was a cheap vase; telling her will only make things bad for you. She doesn't need to know. Keep your mouth shut, soldier on and take it to your grave.
    • 2020 June 17, Jim McMahon tells Richard Clinnick, “Stepping out of the shadows”, in Rail, page 41:
      But what was Northern meant to do, bearing in mind that the Class 142s and '144s' had to soldier on in service beyond their planned withdrawal dates, due to the late delivery of cascaded trains and the late entry into traffic of the £500m, 101-strong order of CAF multiple units?

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