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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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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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This the heavy junk prevented, lumbering along behind and holding the Reindeer back by just so much dead weight.
An approximate nearness of age, a similarity in ways of thinking, a common love of fresh air, and of the rich landscape scenery through which the coach was lumbering along,--these things, together with an indescribable magnetic something, drew us before long into one of those short-lived traveller's intimacies, in which we unbend with the more complacency because the intercourse is by its very nature transient, and makes no implicit demands upon the future.
Luckily for them they had not to decide, for lumbering along the road, with one lamp lighted and two spavined horses in the shafts, came a heavy coach, which after a moment's suspense they recognized as the Oxford coach, the redoubtable Pig and Whistle.
One person talked of the thrill of seeing the giant lumbering along rather than sitting quietly for examination, and another said he hoped it would be running in another 50 years.
Clearly, they cannot continue lumbering along like this for much longer.
Albert Sammons is glorious as the expressive soloist (what a feat of fingermemory to accommodate this cut version), and Henry Wood conducts an unidentified Symphony Orchestra (my ears think they can detect a tuba lumbering along to bolster the depleted double-basses) in this glowing sampler of the work's greater riches.
But in some places, even that small quantity causes a steady procession of trucks lumbering along county roads.
They complain that many of these heavy duty trucks and even smaller transport vehicles can be seen lumbering along the main roads during peak hours, causing huge traffic snarls and sometimes accidents.
There have been complaints that many heavy duty trucks and even smaller transport vehicles can be seen lumbering along main roads during peak hours, causing traffic snarls and -- increasingly -- fatal accidents.
After all, why spend 15 minutes walking my eight-yearold to school, lumbering along the fume-filled streets carrying her cumbersome satchel, when we could nail the journey by car in just five?
Nor did he notice a large, furry creature lumbering along the river banks on that particular trip.
But at a time when a company such as Ladbrokes (and there aren't many with a similar bodyweight) could have found themselves lumbering along like a doped-up diplodocus, this new site has moved with the times.
On the pitch they are lumbering along with a wafer-thin playing squad of under achievers, many of whom would struggle in any local Sunday League team, while off the field there are daily rumours of financial meltdown and unpaid invoices.
The answer is that whilst you are whizzing along superbly other lesser mortals, as you see it, may be lumbering along. Call your prediction line for more advice...
LUMBERING along the roads of Tyneside, these enormous contraptions stopped traffic.