When I am trying to say I'll hang on and persist through tough situations, I first thought of 'sticking through', but today when I think about it, I am not sure if this usage is correct so I found its definition https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/stick+through, which isn't what I thought. Am I right about this usage?

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    That's interesting; I understood what you meant, but apparently you're right and that isn't the correct idiom for it. The same free dictionary says that would be "stick out".
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Oct 17, 2018 at 6:13

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You've confused stick through with the idiom you want, which is quite similar: stick it out.

[Cambridge Dictionary]

to continue to the end of a difficult or unpleasant situation:
I know things are difficult right now, but if we just stick it out, I'm sure everything will be OK in the end.

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    And then maybe conflated with things like "pull through".
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Oct 17, 2018 at 9:03

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