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dogged
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Moby Dick
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as in: dogged determination Define
continuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties (persistent)
  • Heated and irritated as he was by his spasmodic toil at the pumps, for all his first nameless feeling of forbearance the sweating Steelkilt could but ill brook this bearing in the mate; but somehow still smothering the conflagration within him, without speaking he remained doggedly rooted to his seat, till at last the incensed Radney shook the hammer within a few inches of his face, furiously commanding him to do his bidding.

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  • She worked with dogged determination.
  • High achieving students often succeed because of their dogged effort.

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as in: dogged by problems Define
followed; or persistently annoyed
  • He did; and then it seemed to me that he was dogging us, but with what intent I could not for the life of me imagine.
  • I was resolved to satisfy myself whether this ragged Elijah was really dogging us or not, and with that intent crossed the way with Queequeg, and on that side of it retraced our steps.

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  • The expedition was dogged by one problem after the next.
  • She was dogged by one problem after the next.

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unspecified meaning
  • ’The White Whale—the White Whale!’ was the cry from captain, mates, and harpooneers, who, undeterred by fearful rumours, were all anxious to capture so famous and precious a fish; while the dogged crew eyed askance, and with curses, the appalling beauty of the vast milky mass, that lit up by a horizontal spangling sun, shifted and glistened like a living opal in the blue morning sea.

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as in: dogged determination Define
continuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties (persistent)
as in: dogged by problems Define
followed; or persistently annoyed
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