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bang away at (someone or something)

1. To continue working on something, especially that which is very lengthy, difficult, or tedious. 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.
2. slang To speak continuously or at great length to someone (about something) in a foolish, tedious, or irritating manner. 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 at me about now?
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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.