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chug along

1. To move forward slowly, as of a train (which stereotypically makes a chugging noise). The train is chugging along again, so we should be at the station soon.
2. To proceed steadily. Don't worry, the project is still chugging along, in spite of all the setbacks.
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chug along

 
1. Lit. [for a train engine] to labor along slowly. (Steam locomotives made the sound "chug, chug.") The train chugged along to the top of the hill.
2. Fig. to move along at a steady pace. We chugged along for two hours but finally made it home.
See also: chug
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Washington, Shawwal 24, 1437, July 29, 2016, SPA -- Economic growth in the US chugged along at an annual rate of 1.2 per cent for the second quarter, according to an initial estimate released Friday, confirming worries that the economy is still growing, but at a significantly lower rate than in 2015, according to dpa.
For nearly 42 years the show chugged along at the 153-seat Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, finally closing in 2002 after 17,162 performances -- a victim both of a destroyed downtown after 9/11 and a new post-terrorism, edgy mood.
When the researchers tried varying the size of the soil particles, the fire ants chugged along fine with small or large grains, at least until the soil particles became as big as small worker ants.
Phil set off from his home in Bergerac on Saturday, arriving on British soil on Saturday, and chugged along the B4455 Fosse Way near Coventry on Monday.
But the worst was still to come as the slow-moving storm chugged along on a track that would take it just west of New Orleans, roughly 70 miles to the north.
Instead it just chugged along. Much like a podgy Gary Barlow circa 1997...
As the Aquabus chugged along the bank of the Taff, passing the slipway where Bowles Sand and GravelWharf once stood, I found it difficult to equate this fabulous setting with the memories of my youth.
But they did well to find the net through all three foreign professionals -- Carlos Tenorio (54th), Esmail Banghoura (76th) and Leonardo Lima da Silva (88th) as play chugged along.
A STEAM-HAULED special train finally chugged along a scenic branch line at the weekend.
I wonder if Mr Hubball would have the same attitude if it were him or his family that had dialled 999 and the emergency service involved chugged along at 20mph making no sound at all, sitting in every traffic jam it came across.
Last July, a shiny train chugged along treacherous terrain toward the Tibetan plateau.
David Gilmour chugged along for four miles with police slowly following.
Since then it has moved from British to Chinese rule, grown by millions, and seen its gay population boom--all while the festival chugged along, gaining momentum.
Whereas Appleby was 78-80 at Sawgrass and pulling out of BellSouth because of sciatica in his left side, Allenby has chugged along nicely, reaching the last eight in the Match Play and finishing seventh and 14th at Riviera and the Honda.
With the back-up netminders on, the game chugged along to its end, with Dan Shea making a decent diving save at the feet of Rublivsky.