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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.
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It's unlikely the FOMC will meet the market's very dovish expectations for three rate cuts, especially as the economy is still chugging along with unemployment at a near 5-decade low.
PINCKNEYVILLE -- The victory train keeps chugging along for the Pinckneyville High School softball team.
In the three months ending August 2018 compared to a year ago, intermodal average prices are zooming at a rapid 15.9% rate and carload prices are chugging along at a steady 3.9% pace.
Even before the Philippines became an independent republic, it already had a rail system that made trains a regular fixture in the streets of Manila, chugging along and carrying goods and passengers to and from La Union in the north and Legazpi City in the south.
You may have stopped watching Arthur (about the shenanigans of an anthropomorphized aardvark and his friends,) on PBS ten or fifteen years ago, but the show is still chugging along, with new episodes.
I still would like that train ride just to listen to it chugging along. That dream train would stop in all those little stations from where I would buy roasted peanuts in paper cones and watch the engine top up its coal and water.
When you see the cranes dotting the skyline of Boston, you know that the economy is chugging along and doing pretty well.
The eurozone economy is chugging along, inflation is at a two-year high, national budget proposals suggest a bit more fiscal support, and the early impact on eurozone economies of Britain's decision to leave the European Union has been muted.
New York: The spring selling season is chugging along for U.S housing with solid if unspectacular growth, according to Fitch Ratings.
"We are just chugging along waiting to see what happens."
We were all still chugging along in our cars, blissfully unaware of the harmful emissions that were pluming out of the exhausts.
Even at the very end when England faced a simple chase of 101 in 25 overs, they still made it look like a chore with opener Ian Bell chugging along to 52 not out from 55 balls and James Taylor eight from 20.
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Buses and lorries chugging along residential roads in low gears will absolutely not be of benefit to young children playing out in the streets.