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keep pace

Also, keep up. Go at the same rate as others, not fall behind. For example, The teacher told his mother that Jimmy was not keeping up with the class. Shakespeare had the first term in A Midsummer Night's Dream (3:2): “My legs cannot keep pace with my desires.” [ Late 1500s ]
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  • Sarchedon could hardly be expected to keep pace with his conquerors on foot, and they took counsel accordingly.

    Sarchedon G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • She smiled at him faintly, nodding her head as though to keep pace with her thoughts.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • It was difficult to keep pace with the development of Jemima.

    Kildares of Storm Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Pearson walked so rapidly that his companion was hard pushed to keep pace with him.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In the beginning Yudushka did not keep pace with Anninka, but with a little practice he came up to her.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov

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