plug away (at something)

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plug away (at something)

To continue trying or working diligently (at something). I'm really not very good at math, but I've got to keep plugging away if I want to get into an engineering program. John's been plugging away at the new project, but I don't think he's enjoying it very much.
See also: away, plug

plug away (at something)

 and peg away (at something)
to keep trying something; to keep working at something. John kept pegging away at the trumpet until he became pretty good at it. I'm not very good at it, but I keep plugging away.
See also: away, plug
References in classic literature ?
They just lay off in the bush and plugged away. That night we held a council of war in the Flibberty's cabin.
The father of three, who lives in Blackhall, quietly plugged away, campaigning hard in an area where many felt badly let down.
Nuns plugged away gamely, but Bedworth set up James Clark for a final home try in the corner.
McIlroy said: "Once again we have plugged away right to the death and we have now picked up three wins in a row." Magpies boss Ian McParland said: "We have lost the game again and I am getting sick to the teeth of saying that we have dominated games that we have lost."
3 : to keep steadily at work or in action <I plugged away at my homework.>
I plugged away and kept hanging around and tried to graft it out."
"It looks a decent wicket and I thought we did well as a team, plugged away and they probably got 100 runs more than we'd have liked, but if we bat well there's no reason why we can't bat past them."
Webster said: "I went three sets up but he came back and I thought I'd gone but I plugged away and can't believe I won."
"I just plugged away and worked my way back in," said the 24-year-old left hander, who won the last three sets.
You have to admire the way St Johnstone have plugged away and in Coyle they have an outstanding manager.
Flintshire added another two but Chiefs plugged away with goals from David Michie and Michael Allinson.
Mark drew peg 21 and plugged away catching small carp, roach and tench, then along came five carp to provide at least half of his 31lb.
Carlisle plugged away looking for an equaliser and it came when referee Nick Fletcher pointed to the spot after Alan Tate had fouled Craig Farrell in the box.
They plugged away in the second half with tries from Ben Murphy and Sam Barnett before Southam's late winner.
I plugged away and got the points to be level with Tony Rickardsson at the top of the table so my championship dream is still alive.