potter along

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potter along

1. To move forward at a slow or listless pace. You can still see my granddad pottering along into town each morning, the same way he's done every morning for the last 30 years. I hate it when people potter along in the bike lane when I'm trying to get to work each morning. Go to the countryside if you're looking for a leisurely cycle!
2. To continue or make progress at a steady, consistent pace, especially one that is neither particularly fast nor slow. The economy has been pottering along for a while now, and while it continues to make gains, it is not accelerating at the pace many economists say is needed to recover from the recession. Our business has been pottering along. We haven't exploded into success, but we're making good growth each month.
See also: potter
References in classic literature ?
He had founded a little country grammar school which had pottered along for a century and a half.
Conscious that it's all too easy to overdo it early on -- a lesson learnt from a few ultra-marathons -- I pottered along comfortably enough to the first checkpoint at Woodstock after 70km.
We pottered along happily and occasionally he'd bring up the 'M' word, but I felt happy as we were.
With a coffee in hand, the F1 heiress pottered along the paved streets in her Courtney Stodden type platforms.
Instead of heading to Stoke City v Aston Villa as Trap might do, Big Jack pottered along to Liverpool v Manchester United.
That first afternoon we pottered along the beach looking at the Cornish racing gigs and ended up on a short circular walk around the old garrison by our hotel, with breathtaking views towards the small island of Samson.
Having pottered along with only a couple behind him, Dalakhani had a few lengths to make up as the race developed into a sprint.
They pottered along for a mile, admiring the scenery from the heart of the top-secret Clyde base before being challenged by guards.
I pushed my mum along in her wheelchair while dad pottered along as ever, walking stick in hand.
We dined in a little bistro called Melton's Too in Walmgate (recommended by our son), took afternoon tea in what we consider to be our best find - a tea room with walled garden at the back of the Treasurer's House (behind the Minster) - pottered along the city walls and strolled by the river in the early evening sunshine.
Later we pottered along in calmer waters, engine running and simply enjoying the ride.
The Canal de Garonne, like the Midi, is lined on both sides with magnificent plane trees affording welcome shelter from the intense heat as we pottered along at the maximum allowed speed of just over 6mph.
HAVING heard all the hype about the new Paradise Street bus interchange I pottered along on Saturday to have a look - a triumph of hope over experience.
Mogga inherited a side that had pottered along in mid-table mediocrity for the past few seasons, finishing eighth, seventh and tenth.