peg away (at something)

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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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Third-placed Gerry Bowes, of Yarm, also recently back on the match beat, came third from three pegs away at 159.
Rob Stubbs of Darlington AC was just a couple of pegs away at 144, but it was dace that gave him third spot with 11lb 9oz.
Third placed Derek Reaney was two pegs away at 191.