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keep at
  • 1verb + preposition + object (persevere with) to keep at it
    seguir dándole [colloquial]
    you'll soon finish if you keep at it
    si le sigues dando, acabarás pronto [colloquial]
    keep at her until she agrees to come
    sigue insistiéndole hasta que acceda a venir
    you have to keep at them to get them to do anything
    hay que estarles encima para que hagan algo
  • 2verb + object + preposition + object (force to work) I kept them (hard) at it all day
    los tuve trabajando de firme todo el día
    no los dejé levantar cabeza en todo el día
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