plugging along

plug along

1. To continue making progress (in some endeavor) at steady, consistent pace, especially in the face of difficulties, challenges, setbacks, etc. We're still plugging along with the project, in spite of all the problems we've had with staff turnover. It's been tough dealing with all the negative publicity in the media, but I just want to plug along and show the world that I can still win this tournament.
2. To get by; to do satisfactorily. Typically used in the continuous tense as a response to "How are you?" or some similar greeting. A: "How you been, Tom?" B: "Oh, you know, just plugging along. Nothing too wild going on around here."
See also: plug

(I'm) (just) plugging along.

Inf. I am doing satisfactorily.; I am just managing to function. Bill: How are things going? Bob: I'm just plugging along. Sue: How are you doing, Fred? Fred: Just plugging along, thanks. And you? Sue: About the same.
See also: plug
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and some societies such as Dialog steadily plugging along since the earliest days.
On the whole, the exercises do seem to be geared toward the reader's own enlightenment, which could be just the motivation one needs to keep plugging along.
Kerry has been plugging along these past six months and he seems to have gotten somewhere.
For the size company it is, Apple is plugging along very nicely," said Forrester analyst Frank Gillett.