Finally, Obama must resolve to follow through on his pledge to change the tone of political Washington.
Reagan and Bush could argue that they'd done popular things in their first term that they needed to follow through to the end.
This hardly seems to be an atmosphere that encourages a sexual assault victim to follow through with an allegation.
Old English folgian, fylgan "follow, accompany; follow after, pursue," also "obey, apply oneself to a practice or calling," from West Germanic *fulg- (cf. Old Saxon folgon, Old Frisian folgia, Middle Dutch volghen, Dutch volgen, Old High German folgen, German folgen, Old Norse fylgja "to follow").
Probably originally a compound, *full-gan with a sense of "full-going;" the sense then shifting to "serve, go with as an attendant" (cf. fulfill). Related: Followed; following. To follow one's nose "go straight on" first attested 1590s. "The full phrase is, 'Follow your nose, and you are sure to go straight.' " [Farmer].
1897, of golf swings, from verbal phrase follow through. Figurative use from 1926.
: What's the logical follow-through to what he said?
To carry on with the next useful action; finish an action completely; pursue: Follow up these hints, and you'll find the answer (1940s+)