chug along

(redirected from chugs along)

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.
See also: chug
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
While driver shortages continue, fuel prices rise, and the economy chugs along, a firm downward shift in trucking inflation shall not get much traction until next year.
As the train chugs along tracks laden with heavy snow, there is a tragic disturbance that requires Poirot to test his little grey cells to apprehend a diabolical murderer.
The screen chugs along at a resolution of 1280x720, not quite as impressive as the Lumia 1520 which has a screen toting 1920x1080 pixels, but even so, the display is very impressive.
I have a vehicle which chugs along quite happily on level ground in fifth gear at 30mph.
As the protein chugs along the DNA, it sends out messages telling the cell to make specific molecules.
What if one of the lorries that chugs along the Emirates Road doesn't see them and ploughs into them?
THE WALLS OF THE WORLD Katie Melua Like Cliff Richard, Katie Melua chugs along putting out music her fanbase snap up but which passes the rest of us by.
Pipsqueak pop that chugs along exceptionally melancholy at times and when it comes to an end you wonder where it's actually been.
The train makes engine sounds and plays a theme song as it chugs along. POWER: The remote control requires 2 AA batteries, and the engine requires 3 AA batteries.
THE GRAVY TRAIN The Gravy Train still chugs along, the Top Dogs snug inside.
While not the most believable of screen couples, the pair's acting chops mean you won't notice that too much while the plot chugs along at a reasonable pace, helped by some occasionally amusing gags, particularly one revolving around a security tag left on Harvey's new suit.
While international events which have come home to roost on our doorstep will understandably dominate the headlines today, a long-standing New Labour issue chugs along - the rail service.
Although Thongchai Jaidee is a star in Asia he is not the same player in Europe, while Soren Hansen chugs along making a good living without ever setting pulses racing, so Siem should carry too many guns for the pair of them.
Hence The Blues Are Still Blue chugs along to a T Rex beat, Sukie In The Graveyard could be a Bowie out-take, White Collar Boy nods to 10cc and We Are The Sleepyheads boasts guitar straight out of The Isley Brothers.
But instead of racing ahead like an MG Turbo, it chugs along like a Vauxhall Corsa.