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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

plough (one's) own furrow

To do something in isolation; to act without the help or influence of others. Primarily heard in UK. I tried to offer Jonathan help with the project, but he'd rather plough his own furrow. As an artist, I think you should try to plough your own furrow before worrying what other people might want.
See also: furrow, own, plough
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All the tractors and ploughs in use are in original condition and have not been subject to a major overhaul, just regular maintenance.
Tractors and equipment used: | Philp Addy - David Brown 1212 with CM4 plough.
The event has been going since the club started in 1980 and sees each competitor plough a set plot withing a four hour time frame.
No handling is allowed, only turning of the soil with the plough.
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.
Held at different venues each year, the National Championships feature an expanding range of classes for all manner of tractors and ploughs from vintage to modern, and of course the much loved horse-drawn ploughing classes.
CHURCH members flocked to Hade Edge to meet the World Ploughing Champion at the annual blessing of the plough service.
FLINTSHIRE found itself at the centre of the vintage machinery world when a rare plough was put through its paces by the farmer who helped restore it.
If you wanted to buy a new plough today there's a nine months waiting list in them," said Ellis.
Farmer's daughter Debbie Watson is preparing to plough a lonely furrow ( the only girl in a national skills competition.
Farmers are being invited to come to church on their t ractors, with ploughs attached - particularly those members of the farming community who keep the countryside in good order.
Inside the chapel there were two single-furrow hand-pulled ploughs, plus four different seed drills, including a fiddle drill for the hugely popular Blessing of the Plough service.
Hydraulic Ploughs -Classic 1,Michael G Holloway,Montgomery; 2,David Hankey,Wrexham; 3, David Greenwood, Leeds; 4,Griff Jones,Criccieth; 5, D Parry, Market Drayton.
With a trailed plough weighing twice as much as its mounted counterpart, the Government put a stop to their manufacture when there was a high demand for steel during the war, making the ploughs quite rare now.
The next match is the National Ploughing Championships at Penrith on Saturday and Sunday where Ray Alderson is competing with a trailed plough and Raymond Edmondson a mounted plough for the Northumberland and Durham area.