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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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Skipping soft-plastics or working plugs along the shadow lines can produce some really big fish.
Tenders are invited for procurement of bridge plugs along with wire line adapter kit and mechanical setting tools
We took small boats out between the pier heads to troll plugs along the mudlines.
The strangeness of her job increases by the minute, and as Lena plugs along, in a tale reminiscent of Kafka, Pelevin offers a compelling psychological portrait of a human being forced to live in cruel and absurd circumstances.
On the Brooklyn garage-rock trio's latest "It's Blitz!," Nick Zinner's jagged six-string plays second-fiddle to synthesizers, while drummer Brian Chase plugs along syncopated beats that are more dance club than dingy rock club ready.
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LRH offers 73 interchangeable profile plugs along with the ability to supply custom-made plugs.
When you're headed that way, stop and throw topwater plugs along the mouths of Whackup Creek and Little Rocky Creek, on the Horseshoe Beach side.
Together, the volunteers worked to plant 28,000 dune grass plugs along two miles of beach to help prevent coastal erosion.
On the other hand, a trio of river regulars that fish four to five mornings a week--Dick Derrough, Bill Stark and Bill Gray, all of the Micco area--use topwater plugs along deeper mangrove edges where depths are two to three feet.
Put high water and sunrise in your sights and work topwater plugs along the spartina grass edges, especially around oyster bars.
Some anglers will slow-troll lipped, diving plugs along the sandbars and over nearshore wrecks.
Some of the largest seatrout in the state are caught on topwater plugs along this shallow bank at daybreak.
If possible, get out on the water before first light and cast surface plugs along the beaches during the higher phases of the tide.
Joe Bay typically fish large topwater plugs along the edges of the flats where they drop into deeper water.