plug along

plug along

1. To continue making progress (in some endeavor) at steady, consistent pace, especially in the face of difficulties, challenges, setbacks, etc. We're still plugging along with the project, in spite of all the problems we've had with staff turnover. It's been tough dealing with all the negative publicity in the media, but I just want to plug along and show the world that I can still win this tournament.
2. To get by; to do satisfactorily. Typically used in the continuous tense as a response to "How are you?" or some similar greeting. A: "How you been, Tom?" B: "Oh, you know, just plugging along. Nothing too wild going on around here."
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(I'm) (just) plugging along.

Inf. I am doing satisfactorily.; I am just managing to function. Bill: How are things going? Bob: I'm just plugging along. Sue: How are you doing, Fred? Fred: Just plugging along, thanks. And you? Sue: About the same.
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Plug along, haunted by the feeling that there must be something rath- er better out there and fielding the odd snide comment from the sales director?
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Continue to plug along everyday, making whatever contribution I can to everything and everybody around me.
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We plug along, this little radical contingent of teachers, students, and parents.
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Perhaps not, perhaps we won't see the "golden era" of the '70s and '80s again, but it will plug along. As baseball great Dizzy Dean said when asked about his sore arm, "Well, it isn't what it used to be, but what the hell is?"
I had a lot of lip-outs but I have stayed patient and continued to plug along and played the golf course for what it gives me.''
Meanwhile, the group she founded continues to plug along, making fewer and fewer waves.
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