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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.
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Pottering along the coast through quiet resorts that would buzz in the summer proved as rewarding as the longer motorway stretches, the six-speed manual diesel model cruising in near silence while returning an average 52 miles per gallon.
No one seemed to mind me pottering along. They nodded and smiled at Bluebelle as we made our journey along a route that sticks as much as possible to quiet roads.
I was pottering along happily in my own little world when I turned the corner and got the shock of my life...
"Off camera, we will now get back to our own beloved boat, in Braunston Marina, and take off for a few days, just pottering along and tying up somewhere to read a book and open a bottle of wine."
Aside from jetting off, more likely you will be pottering along at a leisurely pace today.
A couple of years ago, I went to northern France with my mum, and pottering along the coast and through the Normandy countryside was very scenic.
During the 20-minute sketch he was filmed holding up along line of traffic outside Guildford, pottering along the fearsome A3 and apparently crashing into tables outside a London restaurant.
But we went from pottering along to warp factor wonderful yesterday with an hour triggered by a rock-of-ages Ryanair and sealed by Big Buck's, who is the staying hurdle phenomenon of this and every other age.
Today can be good for just potterIng along. If you can be left to your own devIces you mIght be happIest.
The gearchange is positive and fun to use but the Gordini is also surprisingly happy just pottering along.
after all I have come across many Jumeirah Janes and Mirdif Mollys also, pottering along in the fast lane of Sheikh Zayed Road and holding up traffic.
HAD you been pottering along one of London's posher pavements on Tuesday you might have spotted some famous faces far from their familiar settings.
Language itself seems to direct the poem's movement, to be, as Haslam once put it, "working through its own means to divulge and deliver." As readers, we end up pottering along various linguistic garden paths, following trails that, for example, tell us that "withens" are willow trees in West Midlands dialect: the "green withens aura," the "air to the wild upland willows," and the "Halo To The Sallows" turn out to refer to pretty much the same thing.
The top stations also provided immediate access to the giant Courchevel and Belleville valley ski areas, if you got bored with pottering along the huge number of runs around Meribel itself.
People love the way the modern diesel drives with oodles of torque in the mid-range and quiet high speed cruising (and we're talking 100 mph plus for mile after mile here, not pottering along at 60 mph).