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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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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.
It is as though the manufacturer feels it must keep banging away at the improvements over the original Primera.
But next week you'll find the Member for Stockton South down in the heart of the Thames Valley banging away at clay pigeons.
The American authorities have been banging away at the message that WorldCom was a fraud, not a flop - yes, at $4 billion the biggest fraud in history, but not a signal that the US economy is imploding.
I was banging away at it for what seemed like a lifetime but it was probably only a few seconds.