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
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He's has been plugging away, doing his swing thing in the pubs and clubs of Northern Ireland.
Now, he's plugging away in the private sector, but doesn't seem happy.
When you are hoping to fight for a play-off place and that dream fades, then you are going to struggle to keep plugging away.
On the flipside Arsenal have kept plugging away without Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.
It's not ideal but we just need to keep plugging away and hope we can rack up enough points to stay in the play-off positions.
We have to keep plugging away no matter what," says Cloutier.
You have to keep plugging away, getting in the positions and trying to score and hopefully you get your rewards at the end with a goal, and a goal that wins the points.
If people don't want to give us the credit that's fine, but we will keep on plugging away how we have been doing and we will go under the radar if need be.
I managed winners at Carlisle and Leicester before closing the gap at Fontwell yesterday, which helps, but sometimes in this game you can find yourself having a quiet spell and just have to keep plugging away.
WAYNE BUCHANAN says Blyth Spartans must not dwell on the past, but keep plugging away in the hope of survival.
Violet kept plugging away and pulled one back through a Martin Szpak penalty but Tayport held out for a deserved win.
Heskey said: "It was a bit of a frustrating game but we kept plugging away and creating chances.
Haslam said: "I've got to keep plugging away because it's a long championship.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: "We had a bit of luck, with them missing a penalty and us scoring the winner so late, but we showed a great attitude and we kept plugging away.
All we have to do is worry about ourselves now and we've just got to keep plugging away.