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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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Pipsqueak pop that chugs along exceptionally melancholy at times and when it comes to an end you wonder where it's actually been.
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This tune chugs along and should be enough to get any crowd edging onto the dance floor.
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Although Thongchai Jaidee is a star in Asia he is not the same player in Europe, while Soren Hansen chugs along making a good living without ever setting pulses racing, so Siem should carry too many guns for the pair of them.
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It also reflects the genius with which he created the Frederick Douglass industry, which, like certain other nineteenth-century oligopolies, now chugs along on its own steam, having outlived the man who produced it.