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plough on

To move, progress, or develop at a slow but constant and deliberate pace, especially that which is menial, time consuming, or tedious. Primarily heard in UK. John: "Hey Steve, what's new?" Steve: "Nothing much, just been ploughing on with research for my thesis." A: "I've still got a ways to go before I'll be finished clearing out debris from the property." B: "Well, just keep ploughing on until you're done!"
See also: on, plough

plow the sands

To do something that seems futile. I know that I'm just plowing the sands by telling you to stay away from that boy, but I'm your father, and I don't want to see you get hurt. That couch will never fit up the steps—tell them to stop plowing the sands!
See also: plow, sand

plow in

To plow the soil so as to mix some other substance thoroughly into it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "plow" and "in." (Usually spelled "plough" in British English.) You plow in this new kind of insecticide so that the plants are naturally resistant to bugs as they grow. Make sure you plow the fertilizer in before you sow the seeds.
See also: plow

plow through (something)

1. To create a path through some heavy substance with or as with a plow. (Usually spelled "plough" in British English.) We had to plow through the snow to reach our neighbor's house. The mud was so horrible after the floods receded that we were plowing through it for days.
2. To progress through something with great speed, enthusiasm, or determination. Wow, you really plowed through that book! Are you ready for the next one in the series? I know you want to plow through these early lessons, but you should really take your time so the information sinks in.
See also: plow, through

plow up (something)

1. To clear some pathway by digging into it with or as with a plow. (Usually spelled "plough" in British English.) I decided to plow up the road because it had become so uneven and overgrown with shrubs.
2. To damage a road or pathway with the use of a plow. The city trucks really plowed up the asphalt on our road when they cleared away the snow. It looks terrible now, and it's horribly bumpy to drive on!
3. To drive up or along some road or pathway with great, reckless haste. The cab driver plowed up the small mountain road at breakneck speed, nearly crashing into three different cars along the way.
4. To discover something as a result of uncovering it with a plow. I couldn't believe it when Jake plowed up an original Superman #1, wrapped in plastic and in mint condition. I plowed up Dad's cell phone this morning. He'd been looking for it all winter!
See also: plow, up

plow something in

to work something into soil by plowing. Lay the fertilizer down and plow it in. Plow in the fertilizer as soon as you can.
See also: plow
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He said while government extended the ploughing season to February 26, farmers could not utilise the period due to heavy rainfall that took place most of the days in February.
The Warwick Vintage Tractor and Machinery Society will be holding its annual ploughing match at Sherbourne, just outside Warwick, from 10am to 3pm today.
As I lean against a wall waiting for my brother to turn up, I ask myself if I'm doing the right thing by spending my precious Saturday at a ploughing match.
The service focused on agriculture and ploughing and featured a display including hand pulled ploughs, seed and fiddle drills and riddles.
Emrys Owen is heading to ploughing world championships next month
That day he borrowed a Ransomes plough, and it was fitting that he was reunited with it for his last ploughing event 64 years later at Earsdon, near Tritlington, before his retirement from the sport.
He's leaving behind for the day the Gelderlander carriage horses he usually works with at Beamish Museum in County Durham in favour of heavy horses Prince and Lion and a 1910 plough when he competes in the annual Beamish Ploughing Match in the museum grounds.
John, 79, of Newby Wiske, near Northallerton, started ploughing at the tender age of 14, just after the changeover had taken place from horses to tractors.
Before war broke out and food production took top priority I had some success, and lots of fun, in horse ploughing events," he said.
And the Ferguson Club will be staging the European T20 Ploughing Championship consisting of tractors and ploughs produced prior to 1956.
Emrys Owen, from Llangernyw, qualified for the trip as the top placed Welshman in the reversible category at last year's All Wales Ploughing and Hedging Championships.
It is also great to host a vintage ploughing match for the Llangolman Ploughing Society on the farm again.
The Rev Charlotte Lorimer led the service, which was centred on farming - particularly ploughing and sowing the seed and looking forward, not back.
On-lookers at the annual Flintshire Farmers ploughing match were left stunned when Mr Hooson's 52hp John Brown 990 tractor hauled a second two-furrow plough-mounted tractor at the same time.
When champion ploughman George Hall won his first ever ploughing match at the age of 14, he was very impressed with the Ransomes trailed plough that he had borrowed for the competition.