tip away (at something)

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tip away (at something)

To work on something continuously or gradually, typically at an unhurried or sporadic pace. Primarily heard in Ireland. I've been tipping away at my novel for nearly a year now. A: "How's that project coming, Seamus?" B: "Still just tipping away."
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Villa's defence opened up in front of Jed Wallace and he strode towards the penalty area before letting fly with a fierce shot from 20 yards that Steer dived at full stretch to tip away for a corner.
A patchy second half didn't come alive until the 69th minute when Dean Delany made the save of the night to tip away O'Sullivan's shot.
Oxlade-Chamberlain blatantly handled in the penalty area in the 15th minute, making a diving save to tip away Eden Hazard's shot when Arsenal was already 2-0 down.
He then reacted superbly to tip away the followup effort from Chris Brunton.
"Jason said he might want better ground, but he keeps on galloping and I imagine Donald will tip away before going chasing next season."
We will just tip away and concentrate on getting him fit and well."
Gap Connah's Quay's Alec Reece blasted over from a good position for Wales before Ramsey did well again to tip away a Barry Sheedy screamer.
Haigh saw Brighouse keeper Cooke tip away his 20 yard effort and again Cooke came to the rescue when Chris Mulvihill latched onto Sykes's long kick and his volley was clawed away by the keeper.
"We'll tip away with him and see how he is in the next couple of weeks, but plans are fluid at the moment."
They should be about a thumb tip away from the front of the shoe.
It was a day for veterans with 40-year-old Dagenham keeper Tony Roberts on top form diving full length to tip away a glancing Driffa Diallo header as early as the fourth minute.
The pick of his stops came before half-time when he dived full-stretch to tip away Shaun Dillon's long-range effort.
Moxey had Exeter's best effort of the second period but Nikki Bull reacted well to tip away his 25-yarder.
Williams was then at full stretch to tip away a long-range Junior Agogo effort.
Town battled hard to get back into the game and went close in the later stages when home keeper Nathan Vaughan was forced to tip away efforts from, Tullin, Kevin Slinn and Steve Farmer.