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.
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Use organic methods to keep slugs away and net to protect fruit.
One way to protect your garden is with "sacrificial" flowerbeds to tempt slugs away from your prized blooms.
Patricia Reilly Giffs THE GARDEN MONSTER (9780545433792, $16.99) is illustrated by Diane Palmisciano and tells of best friends who struggle to keep the bugs and slugs away from their vegetable garden so they can march in the Vegetable Parade at summer's end.
A simple but effective way to keep slugs away is to scatter broken eggshells over your seedlings, and plastic bottles cut in half can be used as cloches to protect plants from frost and pets.
In Jamaica, molluscicides are routinely applied to growing vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, and bok choy to keep snails and slugs away, although this practice is not effective.
For the sake of the pounds 200,000, I will promise not to put chemicals on my lawn and to use decaffeinated coffee to keep the slugs away. I'll be very happy just to let nature take over.
They consist of a portable enclosed container with three cups that are filled with beer to attract the slugs away from plants.
Brian King, by email: Lots of people recommend putting coffee grounds down just as you would to keep slugs away. It must be the smell.
Keeping hostas in saucers of water keeps the slugs away. Anthony Fisher, by email ATHANKS, Anthony.
Also if you scatter the hair around your veg, it keeps slugs away.
It'll also keep the slugs away! - Pete Freeman, Luton, Beds