to soldier on

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - soldier on

"to soldier on"

to continue to do something in a determined way even though it is difficult and success is undetermined


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - soldier on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I must admit that I am really impressed by John. No matter how difficult the task, he just keeps working.

Colleague 2:  And especially so when everyone believes that what he is trying to accomplish is not possible.

Colleague 1:   But despite all the challenges and setbacks, John keeps soldiering on.

Colleague 2:  And his hard work and determination pays off with huge successes.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - soldier on

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am tired. This mountain is just too tall and too steep. I am ready to turn back.

Friend 2:  But we are more than half way there. You want the opportunity to take some awesome photos, right?

Friend 1:  The reports are that the views from the top are spectacular.

Friend 2:  Then let's soldier on and get to the top.

to soldier on - Usage:


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to soldier on - Gerund Form:

Soldiering on through trials and tribulations shows strong character.

to soldier on - Examples:

1)  Women tend to soldier on when they are sick and continue going with their duties.

2)  ... this technique took him more than 550 hours, that his voice cracks. Soldier on he does, next listing his findings through the sifting of more than 500 ...

3)  ... surgery and faced a financial crisis as a result, but he is determined to soldier on.

4)  I only hope that others of my generation will continue to soldier on with the conviction to live as they choose to.

5)  However, 36 per cent of the women reported that they soldier on when under the weather, whereas their male partners are more likely to stay in bed.

6)  Rights agencies will soldier on despite obstacles.

7)  ... but he has held his head high and continues to soldier on through adversity.

8)  ... some point I even contemplated giving up on school but my teachers encouraged me to soldier on.

9)  ... pupils who failed the matric examinations last year have been encouraged to "soldier on and try again" through the Second Chance Programme.

10)  However, despite the challenges he faces, Zunar is determined to soldier on in his mission to help reform society.

11)  ... hung in there and despite struggling with cramps, he soldiered on.

12)  So she soldiered on with the car, even as she struggled to maintain it.

13)  ... to walk the distance every day, often getting to school exhausted, but she soldiered on.

14)  Through repeated outbursts, his defence lawyer soldiered on, trying to make a case for his release.

15)  Whether it's the wildfire or the downturn in the economy, many people have soldiered on, in spite of their world crashing around them.

16)  ... more than anything it takes willpower to take that first step. And to continue soldiering on

17)  ... has really impressed me. It takes a lot of guts to continue soldiering on in the wake of a movie as resoundingly awful as ...

18)  ... that the 41-year-old had never complained about his own issues. He believed in soldiering on.

19)  ... recommends talking to somebody you trust instead of bottling it all up and soldiering on

20)  Some universities are soldiering on with students attending lectures under the protection of security guards and the police.