slug away (at something)

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slug away (at something)

To continue trying or working diligently (at something); to plug away (at something). I'm really not very good at math, but I've got to keep slugging away if I want to get into an engineering program. John's been slugging away at the new project, but I don't think he's enjoying it very much.
See also: away, slug
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Bedene kept Djokovic slugging away for two hours and two minutes before going down 6-2 6-3 6-3, with the match finishing at 8.
For adjusters slugging away at their claim files, the computer is a handy tool, but it all comes down to using their brains to do the nine steps of claim adjusting: Investigate, evaluate and negotiate the coverage; then investigate, evaluate and negotiate the liability; and finally investigate, evaluate and negotiate the damages.
But the past few seasons had them slugging away at the wrong end of the table, playing in front of dwindling crowds in High Wycombe and losing a number of their best players.
My hope for the future lies in the people who are slugging away on the grassroots level; I don't believe change starts at the top.
Nevertheless, it's difficult not to wonder how Zelda Williams' first break compared that of her father, who spent years slugging away as a street performer and stand-up comic before any TV executive would look at him twice.
While many in this country were obsessing about the property boom and their bank balances, Katie was slugging away at a boxing club that didn't even have its own toilet.
I explained to the driver that I'd been to the football, at which he engaged in an extended pantomime, slugging away at an invisible target with his fists, taking a number of blows in return, lobbing invisible bottles and beating some poor invisible victim with an invisible baton.
The first goal was vital, we went neck and neck with them, two boxers slugging away punch for punch.
If this season was a Rocky film, we'd be at the pre-fight workout montage scene: Aron Gunnarsson with a log across his shoulders running up the steps of the Telegraph stand; Leon Best sparring with Sky Blue Sam; James McPake slugging away at bovine carcasses in the dressing room, while Chris Coleman beats his chest and yells slogans.
Do they make the Faustian bargain and enter a TV talent show, or do they keep slugging away, knowing it might never happen?
The early birds dashed out in a black cab and might have gone relatively unnoticed if it hadn't have been for dopey Pete playing the tramp, slugging away on his vino in the middle of the road.
We were kind of a mess early, but kept slugging away and coming back to practice, and we got better.
The key for us is to be in there slugging away to get our share of financings.
Walking away, rather than slugging away, may well prove to be the least expensive and most effective option.
Now I'm sure these results were not a surprise to circulation managers, who had been slugging away in the trenches trying to maintain the numbers.