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poke along

To move or progress forward at a slow, dawdling pace. We weren't in a rush to get back to camp, so we poked along and admired the beauty of the mountains. If we keep poking along like this, we'll never get the project finished in time for the holidays. The cars poked along in the rush-hour traffic.
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poke along

to move along slowly; to lag or tarry. Get moving. Stop poking along. I was just poking along, taking my time, not paying attention to what was going on around me.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There is ways to keep off some kinds of bad luck, but this wasn't one of them kind; so I never tried to do anything, but just poked along low-spirited and on the watch-out.
The National Hurricane Center continued to warn of the possibility of flash flooding from the slow-moving system, dumping heavy rain as it poked along at 2 mph.
In 1902, the old mule-drawn streetcars that had poked along the city's streets for decades were totally upgraded to an all-electrical system.
In South Dakota, we poked along through endless snow covered corn fields and shelter belts with a dog or two and took flushing birds as they came.
My conversation with Tita poked along for about two hours, slowed by the gaps in her English and the chasms in my Tagalog.