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.
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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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Well done, Jenny Randerson, keep plugging away at other Assembly Members.
This is us trying to learn a few new things - and we did keep plugging away at those new areas.
The Victims' Group and their lawyers keep plugging away at their cause, and on May 1 they received a boost from a ruling--described by Catholic constitutional lawyer Peter Lauwers as "bizarre"--which moved into new legal territory.
One might suppose that Cruz, plugging away at his desk, was privy to a richer experience of Cervantes's text than his listeners.
Raudales, a devout Christian who credits divine inspiration for his talent, professes no complaints about sending his art off to tour the world while he stays home, plugging away at his day job.
Karl Hawley had an early chance for Carlisle along with Chris Billy and Tom Cowan, but they all failed to break the deadlock as Boylan kept plugging away at the other end.
Prof David Barker of Southampton University said: "We have been plugging away at the fat kid.
LIVERPOOL'S only qualified coarse angling instructor, Lee Gibbon, has been plugging away at the Burton Mere open matches and finally picked up a win after weighing-in with 40lb 4oz.
I'd like to keep up the public integrity matters with strong, accurate and effective prosecutions and definitely keep plugging away at the gang problem, which threatens everyone in Los Angeles County.
I READ something deeply disturbing in the papers the other day - Richard and Judy, plugging away at their new book like there was no tomorrow, saying: ``People want to believe we have a dark side they imagine we have sex in a dungeon .
Although the real work on the federal budget is still months away, area congressmen are already plugging away at bringing at least $20 million in projects back to their Ventura County constituents.
Government agencies have been slowly plugging away at cutting paths for the trail and getting it marked since the trail's master plan was completed in 1996.