slug away (at something)

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slug away (at something)

To continue trying or working diligently (at something); to plug away (at something). I'm really not very good at math, but I've got to keep slugging away if I want to get into an engineering program. John's been slugging away at the new project, but I don't think he's enjoying it very much.
See also: away, slug
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While many in this country were obsessing about the property boom and their bank balances, Katie was slugging away at a boxing club that didn't even have its own toilet.
I explained to the driver that I'd been to the football, at which he engaged in an extended pantomime, slugging away at an invisible target with his fists, taking a number of blows in return, lobbing invisible bottles and beating some poor invisible victim with an invisible baton.
If this season was a Rocky film, we'd be at the pre-fight workout montage scene: Aron Gunnarsson with a log across his shoulders running up the steps of the Telegraph stand; Leon Best sparring with Sky Blue Sam; James McPake slugging away at bovine carcasses in the dressing room, while Chris Coleman beats his chest and yells slogans.
In the aftermath of World War II, America immediately became the champion of the oppressed, slugging away at "Godless communism" on behalf of U.
Holyfield's manager Jim Thomas admitted: "The average guy, slugging away at a hard job and making an average wage, is entitled to wonder what all this is about.