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work away (at something)

To put forth a persistent, diligent, and devoted effort (toward some task or activity). I've been working away at my manuscript for the last month. Our whole team has been working away to get the project finished in time.
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work away (at something)

to continue to work industriously at something. All the weavers were working away at their looms. They just kept working away.
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work away

v.
1. To labor continuously with zealousness or diligence: I've been working away on the problem all night. I worked away at the problem until I solved it. We must work away until we are finished.
2. To remove or eliminate something from something by repeated, continuous, or applied effort: I worked away the rough spots with sandpaper. I worked the metal burrs away with a rasp.
3. To damage, diminish, erode, or consume by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: Years of exposure to rain and snow finally worked away the paint. You can see where the hinges have worked the wood away.
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I've just kept my head down, I've kept working away and I'll continue to do that.
In the vast array of technological applications that can help you make creative videos, produce a short and simple video that you can send to your father working away from home.
By JUST BRENDAI am Kiaz, 41, married and working away from my family for the last five years.
We have been married for 43 years and his working away didn't have any negative effects on us or our children.
So now you will find us working away, In the tree where white nets we carefully lay, Around each branch, looking odd I would say, But to outwit the pigeons it's the price we must pay.
They've been close ever since, despite Dani working away in Hong Kong while Jeremy is based in Miami.
He said: "He's been working away but he's still been doing a fair number of meetings.
Despite the fact the 1-6 shot was the first to labour in the testing ground as Recognition moved into the lead, James Doyle didn't stop working away on the favourite and he got the response he was looking for in the nick of time as his mount rallied to get up in the final strides from Modello (1.67).
"This tragic incident reminds us of the mission shouldered by UN members who are working away from home, amid hard circumstances, to make peace," Portolano said.
But only 23% said they had acted on it, often blaming a business culture that does not encourage working away from the office.
But we have momentum, we have confidence, and we will keep working away. We have been playing good stuff in recent months, we have been creating chances.
"During the construction I was working away in Norway," he recalled.
As many as 52 per cent of employees in large businesses in Birmingham say they are actively discouraged from working away from their desk while only 13 per cent consider themselves to be mobile workers.
Working away may also lead to you neglecting your exercise routine, all of which can easily see your waistline silently expand and your fitness levels drop.
"We're still working away to improve the set-up, but the new bits on the car seem to be working.