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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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"Pence plugged along with his message, at times sounding like he was carrying out an order," said Trippe.
The waterfall circuit Powerful and gushing, the falls around Bastar enthrall What: The riveting waterfall circuit of Bastar lies around the city of Jagdalpur and can be plugged along with the famous Chitrakote falls.
Murphy's eight-year-old hit a high of 95-1 in running as he plugged along at the rear with a circuit to go.
The hypotheses may not be very original or earth-shaking to social scientists themselves--for example, that one can find circumstances in which some phenomenon that has plugged along suddenly undergoes a rapid change (The Tipping Point), or that an idea or plan that comes in a flash may be as good as something developed with a great deal of research and much thought (Blink), or that success may be based more on special opportunities and hard work than on native gifts (the current Outliers).
The restructuring campaign plugged along, but even SKU reduction, manufacturing consolidation and outsourcing couldn't blacken the red ink.
It has plugged along quite well and provided a decent living for my family.
By hindsight, the wonder is that they plugged along all these weeks since the great tech-share massacre in April, supposing that a fund-raising on this scale was still a practical proposition.