To continue doing something despite difficulty or trouble, to keep working on your plan what so ever

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  • The phrase originated from the stage performances with the idea that you should not let anything disrupt you from carrying out your plans no matter what adversity befalls you. William Shakespeare in one of his works wrote “play out the play”. In the world of show business, the stage performance must proceed even if main actor or lead person in character is sick or injured. Later in 20th century, this vivid concept transferred to the life which suggests continuing your plans and commitments despite hardships.
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The manager of the puppet show shouted that the show must go on regardless the bad weather.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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