Meaning of “stick at sth” in the English Dictionary

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"stick at sth" in British English

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stick at sth

also stick to/with sth UK
phrasal verb with stick uk /stɪk/ us /stɪk/ verb stuck, stuck

to continue trying hard to do something difficult:

You'll never learn to play the piano if you're not going to stick at it.

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  • I'm not entirely happy with my job but I'm going to stick at it for a while.
  • She's never stuck at one job for more than six months.
  • I know it's hard learning to drive but stick at it.
  • Stick at it and you'll get better and better.
  • And your work - are you going to stick at it or have you just had enough?

(Definition of “stick at sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)