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      vb   , -sues, -suing, -sued   mainly tr  
1    also intr   to follow (a fugitive, etc.) in order to capture or overtake  
2    (esp. of something bad or unlucky) to follow closely or accompany  
ill health pursued her     
3    to seek or strive to attain (some object, desire, etc.)  
4    to follow the precepts of (a plan, policy, etc.)  
5    to apply oneself to (one's studies, hobbies, interests, etc.)  
6    to follow persistently or seek to become acquainted with  
7    to continue to discuss or argue (a point, subject, etc.)  
     (C13: from Anglo-Norman pursiwer, from Old French poursivre, from Latin prosequi to follow after)  
  pursuer      n  
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1    accompany, attend, chase, dog, follow, give chase to, go after, harass, harry, haunt, hound, hunt, hunt down, plague, run after, shadow, stalk, tail     (informal)   track  
2    aim for, aspire to, desire, have as one's goal, purpose, seek, strive for, try for, work towards  
3    adhere to, carry on, continue, cultivate, hold to, keep on, maintain, persevere in, persist in, proceed, see through  
4    apply oneself, carry on, conduct, engage in, perform, ply, practise, prosecute, tackle, wage, work at  
5    chase after, court, make up to     (informal)   pay attention to, pay court to, set one's cap at, woo  
   avoid, eschew, fight shy of, flee, give (someone or something) a wide berth, keep away from, run away from, shun, steer clear of  

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See also:

pursuer, purse, purser, pursuance

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be good or successful and thus, to rather stick to what they can do best, namely, their job
Ex.: Although she had poured her whole heart and soul into her singing at the karaoke, her somewhat cruel but nonetheless lucid friends told her: 'don't give up the day job!'
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