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.
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.
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.
In the aftermath of World War II, America immediately became the champion of the oppressed, slugging away at
"Godless communism" on behalf of U.S.-style democracy.