plod away (at something)

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plod away (at something)

To continue to work on, progress through, or develop something at a slow and laborious but consistent pace. A: "How's that new script coming?" B: "I'm still plodding away. I should be finished by tomorrow." I know Janet's been plodding away at her company's tax returns all weekend.
See also: away, plod

plod away at something

to keep trying to do something. He continues to plod away at writing his novel. It's been three years now. How long have you been plodding away at that book?
See also: away, plod
References in classic literature ?
As blind Nalasu slowly plodded away, with one hand tapping the path before him and with the other carrying Jerry head-downward suspended by his tied legs, Jerry heard a sudden increase in the wild howling of the dogs as the killing began and they realized that death was upon them.
Trent smoked, and Monty, who had apparently forgotten all about his visitor, plodded away amongst the potato furrows, with every now and then a long, searching look towards the town.
Instead, they plodded away, nudging the ball around the pitch for ones and twos.
He plodded away from Mirabeau to contemplate the worst dry weather start of his career, admitting: "Going for a race win is, for sure, over."
Steve plodded away by casting 20 metres out into about two metres of water and in the first match caught 26 small carp weighing up to 31b for a total of 621b.
From four o'clock that afternoon until about midnight Edwards plodded away at programming a complex helical gear for measurement and analysis, and got approximately nowhere.
Singer and drummer Neil said: "We're not part of any scene and we were always worried we weren't part of a fashion as we plodded away on our own.
Stephane Dalmat shone, Darren Anderton plodded away nicely, while Gary Doherty and Anthony Gardner were exemplary at the heart of the Tottenham defence.
"It was a nice finish, but I just plodded away and that's alright for starters," said Faldo.
Faldo said: 'It was a nice finish, but I just plodded away.'
Thistle got a lift from their second goal but we didn't lie down and plodded away.
Winner Richard Yates (Ted Carter's Southport) plodded away with a 14 metre pole at Bewsy arches and eventually netted three tench, one skimmer and about 1lb of small fish on caster for an 8lb 12oz total and pounds 105 pool cash.
Steve of Aigburth drew permanent peg 24 in the sheltered corner of Beech Pool, and despite flat calm water plodded away with a 13 metre pole and home made pellet paste, catching carp to 3lb and one bream.
Liverpool plodded away, obviously unsettled by the Fowler saga and badly missing the injured Steven Gerrard's drive in midfield.