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plough on

To move, progress, or develop at a slow but constant and deliberate pace, especially that which is menial, time consuming, or tedious. Primarily heard in UK. John: "Hey Steve, what's new?" Steve: "Nothing much, just been ploughing on with research for my thesis." A: "I've still got a ways to go before I'll be finished clearing out debris from the property." B: "Well, just keep ploughing on until you're done!"
See also: on, plough

plow the sands

To do something that seems futile. I know that I'm just plowing the sands by telling you to stay away from that boy, but I'm your father, and I don't want to see you get hurt. That couch will never fit up the steps—tell them to stop plowing the sands!
See also: plow, sand

plough a lone(ly) furrow

To do something in isolation; to act without the help of others. Primarily heard in UK. I tried to offer Jonathan help with the project, but he'd rather plough a lone furrow.
See also: furrow, plough

plough a lonely furrow


plough a lone furrow

If someone ploughs a lonely furrow or ploughs a lone furrow, they do something by themselves and in their own way, without any help or support from other people. It seems that Shattock was something of an original thinker, ploughing a lonely furrow. Stein sandwich bar continues to plough a lone furrow as the building's only occupant. Note: This expression is very variable. Their government is more than adept at ploughing its own diplomatic furrow. Note: A furrow is a long narrow trench made in the ground by a plough.
See also: furrow, lonely, plough

plough a lonely (or your own) furrow

follow a course of action in which you are isolated or in which you can act independently.
See also: furrow, lonely, plough

plough the sand

labour uselessly.
Ploughing the sand has been a proverbial image of fruitless activity since the late 16th century.
See also: plough, sand

put (or set) your hand to the plough

embark on a task.
This phrase alludes to Luke 9:62: ‘And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’.
See also: hand, plough, put

ˌplough a lonely, your own, etc. ˈfurrow

(literary) do things that other people do not do, or be interested in things that other people are not interested in: There are several English teachers at the school, but Jeanne continues to plough a lonely furrow, teaching French and German.
A furrow is a long narrow cut in the ground made by a plough (= a large piece of farming equipment used for cutting the soil).
See also: furrow, plough
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There are classes for trailed ploughs and mounted ploughs being pulled by vintage, classic and Ferguson tractors.
Hymns sung included For the Beauty of The Earth, For the Fruits of His Creation,We Plough The Fields and Scatter and JoanWoodall played the accordion for Farmer, Farmer Plough Your Field, which was so popular it was sung twice.
A great success was winning the Northern Counties competition, using a borrowed plough to beat three British champions.
The plough was dressed with ribbons and beads and dragged to the doors of villagers where gifts of food, drink and money were collected.
When I first hitched up the six-furrow plough, I think quite a few people expected me to fail," said Mr Hooson.
Despite attempts to trace and buy the plough during that time, the piece of vintage machinery remained elusive.
So many farms now rely on contractors that younger farmers don't get the opportunity to plough.
She is expected to be the only girl in her class ( the Young Farmers' vintage conventional plough ( at the event in October in Guildford.
Stuart Burden was runner up in the hydraulic plough class with 242 points, six points behind the winner from Jedburgh, Robert Douglas.
More than 1,000 spec tactors gathered to watch the steam plough making its Anglesey debut at a vintage tractor ploughing match at Richard and John Owen's Bodelwa Farm,Toe Croes,Rhosneigr.
Mr Hall, of East Forest Farm, Earsdon, near Morpeth, has himself been ploughing in competitions for 61 years, but had never come across the trailed type of David Brown plough until he saw this rusting survivor at his friend and rival Raymond Edmondson's agricultural engineering works at Rothbury.
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Organisers said the horses will be seen on the field and vintage tractors and ploughs will also be competing alongside modern tractors with multi-furrow ploughs at Tyn y Caeau Farm, Marcross, on Sunday, September 14.
Both men are shipping out their ploughs on a 66-day voyage.