One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he had risen to his present position by dint of hard work and sheer persistence’
perseverance, tenacity, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, staying power, purposefulness, firmness of purpose, patience, endurance, application, diligence, sedulousness, dedication, commitment, doggedness, persistency, pertinacity, assiduity, assiduousness, steadfastness, tirelessness, indefatigability, stamina
North American informal stick-to-it-iveness
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