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puff along

To move or progress at a slow (possibly labored) but steady pace. Don't worry, the project is still puffing along, in spite of all the setbacks. I'd be happy to go for a run with you, as long as you don't mind me puffing along.
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puff along

 
1. [for someone] to run along, puffing to breathe. Sam puffed along, jogging on his morning route. As Wally puffed along, he thought again about going on a diet.
2. [for an engine] to move along, putting out puffs of smoke or steam. The old engine puffed along, driving the small boat slowly up the river. The locomotive puffed along, not making very much headway up the hill.
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Football, money, sex and politics come puffing along way after our true obsession - the weather.
And in the prayer halls of growling radiators, cloud-piercing crosses and unyielding timbers, gather those who believe absolutely don't that God created the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve - though even they must admit Cliff Richard and Barbara Windsor were puffing along, not far behind.
Harry with his Thomas lunchbox Much-loved...Thomas tales- Thomas Land in Japan Thomas is still puff, puffing along at 65
In theory, that's how many continuous positive airway pressure devices would be puffing along every night if each American diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea plugged into one.
Diamond (reference services, Louisiana State U.) describes the world (literally) of US Big Tobacco and Nicotiana tobacum from 1990 to 2004 as it expanded into new world markets in Asia, Eastern Europe and Russia, often with the assistance of the US government, and kept the more mature US market puffing along. The topics for his annotated bibliography include economic aspects such as advertising and marketing (including philanthropy and sponsorship of arts and sporting events), distribution channels (including duty-free, illegal trade, and the market of prisons and jails), and political aspects (such as the various relationships of the industry with politicians, lobbyists, litigators and the State of California).
'Mr Dallas, incidentally, was not puffing along behind the play.
Hack!--Spain, where demand for the unfiltered French icon keeps puffing along. Gauloise, unlike Cuban cigars, never cultivated the myth about being rolled on the thighs of beautiful virgins.
I carted my burden around from room to room adding books as I went, puffing along corridors, one shoulder hunched up to my ear to balance the weight, other one near the ground, all day and every day.
Skinner was spotted huffing and puffing along the pavement, wet with sweat and wearing scruffy shorts, ancient sandals, and carrying a plastic shopping bag.
Weeks three and four John has the following instructions for those of you who are puffing along with me to improve heart and lung fitness.
With the train puffing along at about 10 miles per hour, the excursion takes about 20 minutes.
"She hitched her long black, velvet skirt up to her knees and ran down the corridor from the House of Lords to the Commons with the rest of us huffing and puffing along behind, and trying our best to keep up with her," laughs Edwina Currie.
Harry with his Thomas lunchbox Much-loved...Thomas tales- Thomas is still puff, puffing along at 65 Thomas Land in Japan
Puffing along, we tucked into our packed lunch before arriving in Aviemore via Boat of Garten.