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peg away (at something)

To continue trying or working diligently (at something). I'm really not very good at math, but I've got to keep pegging away at it if I want to get into an engineering program. A: "Where's John?" B: "Oh, he's out in the garden pegging away."
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peg away

(at something) Go to plug away (at something).
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peg away at

Also, plug away at. Work steadily, persist, as in She pegged away at the tax return until she'd finished, or If we keep plugging away at it, the painting will soon be done. These idioms allude to the persistence required to fasten something by driving pegs or seal something by driving a plug. Peg away dates from the early 1800s plug away from the mid-1900s.
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And, sure enough, about a mile ahead, and running parallel to the track, was a big bull-buffalo pegging away for dear life.
Everything in the garden was rosy when Rangers roared into a two-goal lead in the first half but County kept pegging away, pulled a goal back with just a minute left and then were awarded a penalty after Lorenzo Amoruso had been sent off for violent conduct in stoppage time.
Things aren't going to happen overnight but if we can keep pegging away the results will come.
The joke has worn really thin now, but they're still pegging away at it.
In reply The Merlin did not have things their own way and with Charlie Hatch pegging away with 5-26, The Merlin just scraped home with two wickets to spare.
We'll keep pegging away in the league," added Hutton.