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bang (away) at

1. To strike something repeatedly. Quit banging away at the door, I'm coming! I banged away at that nail and still can't get it to go into the wall.
2. To mention or reference something repeatedly. That film really bangs away at the idea of social justice.
3. To work steadily on a project or assignment. I'm banging away at this report so that I can finish it tonight.
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bang (away) at something

to hit at something repeatedly, causing harm or making noise. Someone is banging away at the door. Stop banging at the door.
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Back came the visitors and, after banging away at the YM line, it was scrum half Travis who showed a dummy and ducked through a small gap at the side of the ruck, from where he managed to stretch and get the ball down for a try.
"Sometimes when you're looking for wickets you do change your lengths a bit too much instead of banging away at an area," he said, responding to suggestions that Broad has bowled too short at times.
If we maintain our current form, we are capable of making the play-offs.'' Meehan was able to bring on an all-England front row of Lee Mears, David Flatman and David Wilson at half-time, and he added: "The front-row changes worked and we're very happy.'' The game ended in controversy with the referee blowing for time with one minute and eight seconds still left on the scoreboard clock and Newcastle banging away at the Bath line.
It is as though the manufacturer feels it must keep banging away at the improvements over the original Primera.
"We'll just keep banging away at the magic figure," said Dunn, who must take his squad to Bradford on Wednesday night.
Mr Hopkins, aged 50, said: "They've been banging away at the back for months now and we thought there must be something wrong.