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keep at
  • 1verb + preposition + object (persevere with) See examples: 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) See examples: 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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    Mezcal is an alcoholic drink similar to tequila obtained in Mexico by distilling the juice or aguamiel extracted from roasted tips of the maguey plant. Bottles of mezcal are usually sold containing a gusano, the larva of an insect that lives on the maguey. This is said to enhance the flavor.