lumber along

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lumber along

To move forward in a heavy, plodding, and ungainly manner. The bear lumbered along awkwardly for a few steps after we hit it with the tranquilizer dart before it eventually crashed to the ground. I hate these tourists who lumber along the busy streets with their massive backpacks and suitcases, bumping into everyone and everything along the way.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lumber along

to lope or walk along heavily and awkwardly. The horses were lumbering along very slowly because they were tired out. They were lumbering along, hoping to get there on time.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Doors opened, and people came and went, in the houses on either side; children by the dozen poured out on the pavement to play, and invaded the little strips of garden-ground to recover lost balls and shuttlecocks; streams of people passed backward and forward perpetually; heavy wagons piled high with goods lumbered along the road on their way to, or their way from, the railway station near; all the daily life of the district stirred with its ceaseless activity in every direction but one.
"We had fair breezes, smooth water right into the tropics, and the old Judea lumbered along in the sun- shine.
Until that point, an error-strewn game had lumbered along in mundane fashion but once they had their noses in front, Giggs' youngsters rarely looked like surrendering their lead as the Republic's lack of creativity was once again cruelly exposed.
She said: "I had to hand the buggy over to my husband and watch as he took my beautiful girl off to safety whilst I lumbered along behind."
I lumbered along, assuming it was a virus that would pass.
Its cargo on board, the giant jet lumbered along the runway and took off at 4.25pm for the short hop across the Moray Firth to RAF Lossiemouth, where it topped up with fuel under armed RAF guard.
As he hiked toward us a huge yellow Lab lumbered along ahead of him.
Can you name a business that lumbered along for years and suddenly skyrocketed into success?
It might also help shore up consumers' fragile confidence in an economic recovery that's lumbered along for 41/2 years.
But it was a lack of balance rather than a chainsaw that felled the first member of the media, who lumbered along the banked section of the track as shouts of "TIMBER" rang out.
The American public education system has lumbered along virtually unchanged for generations, and there's widespread consensus that schools are failing to prepare students for today's world.
He was confident and showed no hesitation as he lumbered along the trail to the bait barrel.
Lancaster bombers once lumbered along its runways and for a halcyon period in the late 1950s and early 60s its two-mile racing circuit was 'home' to Grand Prix legend Jim Clark.
In contrast to the earlier scurrying along the lines of the grid, this time the dancers lumbered along on hands and feet like primeval beasts.
I was driving when I spotted one as it lumbered along the grassy shoulder of the road.