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bang away

1. To strike something repeatedly, making a loud banging or clattering noise as a result. You can bang away all you like, but you're never going to break down that door. I could spend all day banging away at my drum kit.
2. To continue working (on something), especially that which is very lengthy, difficult, or tedious. Usually followed by "at." I feel like we've been banging away at this project for years now! I still have a lot of my thesis left to write, so I'd better keep banging away.
3. slang To speak continuously or at great length about something in a foolish, tedious, or irritating manner. Usually followed by "at" or "about." Primarily heard in UK. The boss keeps banging away at us to get the project finished, but I refuse to rush things if they aren't ready. What on earth are you banging away about? You really have no idea how politics works, do you?
4. To clumsily strike the keys of something, such as a computer or piano. How much longer will your little sister be practicing the piano tonight? I'm getting a headache from listening to her bang away like that. I can hear my grandmother banging away on the computer right now.
See also: away, bang
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bang away

1. Strike repeatedly, as in Mary is always banging away on the piano, or The doorbell must be broken; see who is banging away at the door. [First half of 1800s] Also see bang out.
2. Go ahead; begin or continue. This slangy imperative usually calls merely for energetic action, as in You can start without me-bang away. Also see go to (it), def. 3.
See also: away, bang
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

bang away

v.
1. To hit something repeatedly, especially loudly or forcefully: He kept banging away on the door even though nobody answered.
2. To play a musical instrument with the hands, often loudly and with little skill: I couldn't get any sleep because my neighbor was banging away on the piano all night.
3. To work diligently and often at length at something: She banged away at the project until she finished it.
See also: away, bang
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Still, I had one com- fort -- here was proof that Clarence was still alive and banging away. I meant to be with him before long; the thought was full of cheer.
'I always do,' said the Red Knight, and they began banging away at each other with such fury that Alice got behind a tree to be out of the way of the blows.
It is a common sight in estates, particularly in the morning, to see a pickup vehicle laden with the cylinders, doing the rounds with a turnboy at the back banging away as he calls out loudly for buyers.
She told our sister paper the Perthshire Advertiser: "I could see parents were absolutely horrified sitting there to be told about pupils 'banging away'.
"I've been banging away at the coalface, if you like, for many years now, and I've done some really wonderfully interesting work, I've been very lucky.
I've seen a lot worse than this." Perhaps the fan had intended it as a gift - in 2008, Liam declared he is "always banging away" at fish.
There's plenty of bad '90s recycling, but having Stone Temple Pilots banging away in your earbuds isn't one of them.
Miocic spent the second and third rounds just banging away as Ngannou covered up, hoping for one last desperate knockout punch.
GoPro (h/t Digg) unveiled the following video, which it explains features the drummer from Night Verses, Aric Improta, taking his sticks and banging away at various locations around the world.
In that case, believe me, you do not want another amateur shooter banging away at the "bad guy." Oh, and by the way, if the police arrive and see you shooting, guess what they will do?
And while I was caring for her, I saw Jacques banging away with tight little fists on the desk where she'd hit head, shouting, 'Bad table!' He's very protective of his sister.
We need to be serious too While their opponents are banging away at that drum, they are driving through a raft of other diabolical measures at a rate of knots before Cameron is engulfed by the EU referendum and Tory civil war.
Mr Clawley said: "We've been banging away for 12 years to try to persuade the council not to knock it down, but it didn't work.
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