slowly but surely


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slowly but surely

At a slow or incremental pace but making steady, dependable progress. I've been writing my thesis slowly but surely—it will probably take me all year to finish it, but it's getting there! A: "Hey, how's the new novel coming along?" B: "Ah, slowly but surely!"
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In a kind of stupor I watched all hands take to the rigging, and slowly but surely she came round to the wind; the sails fluttered, and then bellied out as the wind came into them.
Slowly but surely they were lessening the distance between us.
Slowly but surely his consciousness grew, his vision of his state thus completing itself; he had been miraculously CARRIED back - lifted and carefully borne as from where he had been picked up, the uttermost end of an interminable grey passage.
Numerically the men of Achmet Zek were superior, and slowly but surely the soldiers of Menelek were being exterminated.
Some of the natives had really climbed the baobab, and now they were seen rising on all sides, winding along the boughs like reptiles, and advancing slowly but surely, all the time plainly enough discernible, not merely to the eye but to the nostrils, by the horrible odors of the rancid grease with which they bedaub their bodies.
He has all along, since his coming, been trying his power, slowly but surely.
The knight agreed to try, and got on slowly but surely, for the colt was a gallant fellow, and soon learned to love his new master, though he was freakish and wild.
The 61-year-old told the Irish Mirror: "They [Fianna Fail] are slowly but surely coming back.
I hear myself ask Too much information to learn all at once Head in a spin without a response Working the mouse to find the right page Working wizards trying hard to engage Files and tools and tables and help All neatly tucked well under your belt Slowly but surely the penny drops as You slowly pick up one or two tips From the pot Addictive, time-taking, another hour Goes by As you surf and you strain your half-opened Eyes Dot.
Columnist Ali Hamadeh of the Beirut daily AN NAHAR criticized the kind of progress being made in Lebanese-Syrian relations, arguing that ties are slowly but surely returning to the way they were prior to the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon in 2005.
Summary: With the construction of an Airbus (EADS) plant near Tunis, well underway, Tunisia is slowly but surely becoming a hub for aeronautical companies.
Slowly but surely the age of 80% to 90% handrail/stair skate media coverage (videos, mags, etc.
In the movie, once the Blob was released, it methodically grew from within itself and slowly but surely enveloped, smothered and killed everything and everyone it touched.
Oak Park (24-5) regained its composure behind heady ballhandling from Mikey Walls and Nick Saliano, cut into the deficit slowly but surely, then went on a 15-0 run - sparked by eight points from Noyer - to close out the first half and take a 32-24 lead into intermission.
In recent years, the sea level has risen slowly but surely.