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chug along

1. To move forward slowly, as of a train (which stereotypically makes a chugging noise). The train is chugging along again, so we should be at the station soon.
2. To proceed steadily. Don't worry, the project is still chugging along, in spite of all the setbacks.
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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.
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chug

in. & tv. [for one person] to drink something, usually beer, quickly and in large volumes. He chugged three in a row, and they came right back up again.
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Let's see who's balancing skills are as good as their chugging skills.
Begging and chugging - so called 'charity mugging' whereby charity workers tout for subscription donations on the street - will also be banned by the PSPO order in all public spaces across Newcastle.
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The constant chugging, cold calling and direct mail are placing charities in the nuisance category as far as the public are concerned.
Tyne Steam IF we could only travel once more On a steam train like we did before Chugging along the railway line Passing close to the beautiful Tyne From Blaydon Town to Scotby Stopping at stations peaceful and clean With holiday posters and flowers between Wylam, Stocksfield, Gilsland, a few Of the pretty villages we passed through From Blaydon Town to Scotby kept, Waiting rooms and platforms swept Helped passengers carry all their bags Blew their whistles, waved their flags From Blaydon Town to Scotby Don't yearn for the past some people say But I wish I could have just one more day Chugging along the railway line Passing close to the beautiful Tyne From Blaydon Town to Scotby.
The good news is other industries of the state are chugging right along.
It begins with Gregorian chant-like background vocals; adds an ominous, vaguely classical, chugging brass melody; slips in a playful string arpeggio; delivers deadpan lyrics like "Why am I always on a plane or a fast train / Oh what a world my parents gave me"; and then--amid a quote from Ravel's Bolero--climaxes with the newfound optimism coursing through the album by saying, "Wouldn't it be a lovely headline?
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Once Anton spends an extended Thanksgiving weekend in Morocco's apartment, you can probably guess down which track this train is chugging.
The duo's copywriter describes them as "pop meets Prodigy," a reasonable approximation of their mix of chugging guitars, block-rocking beats, and wispy voices that suggest Shirley Manson on helium and a violent sugar buzz.
In the RASTI (rapid speech transmission index) method, a portable transmitter located where a speaker would stand sends out a special test signal that sounds a little like a chugging train.
Each of the five commercials features trains - ranging from a human train to merchandise chugging along the train tracks to a man creatively delivering a holiday gift to his wife using a toy train set.