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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

plow (something) back (into something)

To reinvest financial gains back into a business or industry. (Usually spelled "plough" in British English.) Even if you're company is thriving, it could still go bankrupt if you don't plow those profits back into the business. Many traders have been plowing part of their enormous earnings back into the tech market, as shares in the biggest companies continue to skyrocket.
See also: back, plow

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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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.