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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 (one's) own furrow

To do something in isolation; to act without the help or influence of others. Primarily heard in UK. I tried to offer Jonathan help with the project, but he'd rather plough his own furrow. As an artist, I think you should try to plough your own furrow before worrying what other people might want.
See also: furrow, own, plough
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He explained that by the end of January, out of the 42 000 hectares of commercial farms only 10 000 was ploughed, while small scale farmers had only ploughed 1 298 of the 3 298 hectares.
He however said if farmers ploughed late, their crops would not be affected by low temperatures as the area did not have cold winters.
A former triple world reversible ploughing champion, John had not ploughed in the conventional class for 12 years, which made his win at Brougham all the more remarkable.
For men such as Gwyn Davies, who farms at Gelli Farm, Hirwaun, the years since he first ploughed with a team of horses as a boy of 15 have wrought undreamed changes.
Then in 1975 I ploughed for the last time at the All Wales in Trebariad, Breconshire, '' he says.
The land was very sandy and moist and ploughed up better than any land the Northern Area Vintage Ploughing Association competitors have ploughed all year.