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After I've gone, I want you to stay up for a half-hour anyhow, with the lights burning.

Stay up all night, dear,” he said, “but do not let your father know it.

"Aw, Ma, I want to stay up with my butterflies," the boy pleaded.

I will stay up until morning and finish the work I have neglected.

It's ever so nicer to stay up, an' if it wasn't runnin' away it would be somefing else.

You can come down and have it out with the dog, or you can stay up there, until I have had my dinner.

Now you lie down and rest a bit, while I stay up and tend the fire.

He likes to stay up there, when it rains sot he cant go out.

When grandmother was ready to go, I said I would like to stay up there in the garden awhile.

He did not want to go to sleep; he wanted to stay up half the night and talk.

WORD ORIGIN

"to remain," mid-15c., from Middle French estai-, stem of ester "to stay or stand," from Old French, from Latin stare "to stand" (cf. Italian stare, Spanish estar "to stand, to be"), from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Originally "come to a halt;" sense of "remain" is first recorded 1570s.

Noun senses of "appliance for stopping," "period of remaining in a place," and (judicial) "suspension of proceeding" all developed 1525-1550. Stay-at-home (adj.) is from 1806. Stay put is first recorded 1843, American English. "To stay put is to keep still, remain in order. A vulgar expression" [Bartlett]. Phrase stay the course is originally (1885) in reference to horses holding out till the end of a race.

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