chug along


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Related to chug along: along the lines, without a hitch, take a back seat

chug along

 
1. Lit. [for a train engine] to labor along slowly. (Steam locomotives made the sound "chug, chug.") The train chugged along to the top of the hill.
2. Fig. to move along at a steady pace. We chugged along for two hours but finally made it home.
See also: chug
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Mexico and Brazil chug along at almost 2% per annum, roughly equal to population growth.
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We need an improvement either in personnel or characters, or fantastic outfits like South Africa will go even faster while we chug along behind.
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WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Walk through the woods to watch the narrow boats chug along the Grand Union Canal.
7 percent in August - the rate's first dip below 5 percent in more than 4 1/2 years - as the region's economic engine continued to chug along despite higher energy costs.
l Dopey drivers who chug along in the overtaking lane on the dual carriageway during rush-hour, little appreciating that you are turning purple in the car behind - while being undertaken by dozens of cars in the `slow' lane.
Yen found that male copepods, pinhead-size marine crustaceans with only primitive light sensors, chug along the tiny wakes left by females.
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You can watch the London Eye go round and see riverboats chug along towards Tower Bridge.
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No doubt the case will continue to chug along until BT's tied itself in knots and the judge can't face any more arguments over meanings of tech jargon.