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  1. (past of, dog)
    • 1903: w:Samuel Butler, Samuel Butler The Way of All Flesh
    • :At night proctors patrolled the street and your steps if you tried to go into any haunt where the presence of vice was suspected.
  1. Stubbornly persevering, steadfast.
    • 1900: w:Jack London, Jack London, The Son of the Wolf
    • :Still, the obstinacy of his race held him to the pace he had set, and would hold him till he dropped in his tracks.
    • 2004: w: Chris Wallace (journalist), Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
    • :It had taken nine years from the evening that w:Harry Truman, Truman first showed up with a pie plate at her mother's door, but his perseverance eventually won him the hand of his boyhood Sunday school crush.

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