Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(willing to) go the distance

go the distancewilling to go the distance
Meaning(s)
1) persist with something until it is completed or you have achieved your goal
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • be capable of going the distance
  • Analysis
    If you are willing to go the distance, it means that you recognise that something will be difficult to do, and that you are committed to work at it until it is completed. The task is recognised as something that takes a lot of time and sustained effort to complete, and this can mean something as personal as a relationship or something business-related like a product order or a process of operation.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The battle with our main rival to be the market leader will be a long and drawn out affair. The winner will be whoever is capable of going the distance.
    2. If you want to make your business a success then you have to be willing to go the distance. You can't just give up as soon as things get tough.
    3. The selection process at the firm is long and arduous, but I think I have what it takes to go the distance.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. If you want to have a successful relationship you have to be prepared to go the distance and make it a priority.
    2. Only students who go the distance and really put in a lot of practice and research will be capable of achieving an 'A'.
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