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trudge along

1. To walk onward with heavy, laborious steps. We trudged along through the thick mud, weighed down as much by hunger and fatigue as by our packs. Are we almost there yet? We've been trudging along for over an hour!
2. To walk over the length of something with heavy, laborious steps. I trudged along the sidewalk that led to my office building, dreading the confrontation I would have with the boss. The kids trudged along the trail behind their parents in sullen silence.
3. To make progress at a slow, arduous pace. The work was horribly tedious, but I just put on my headphones and kept trudging along. I know the last few weeks have been hard for the whole team, but we've got to trudge along to the end.
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trudge through

1. To walk through some environment, substance, weather, etc., with heavy, laborious steps. We trudged through the thick mud, weighed down as much by hunger and fatigue as by our packs. I hate having to trudge through this awful wind each day on the way to work. We trudged through the mountains for hours in search of our lost comrade.
2. To progress through (some task or activity) at a slow, arduous pace. The data-entry work was horribly tedious, but I just put on my headphones and kept trudging through the spreadsheet. I know the last few weeks have been hard for the whole team, but we've got to trudge through to the end.
See also: through, trudge
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

trudge along

to plod along on foot. It seemed as if we trudged along for miles. As we trudged along, we forgot how cold it was.
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trudge through something

 
1. Lit. to walk through snow, sand, or something similar. We trudged through the hot sand all the way down the beach. I used to have to trudge through snow like this all winter to get to school.
2. Fig. to work one's way through something difficult. I hate to have to trudge through these reports on the weekend. I have to trudge through a lot of work before I can go home.
See also: through, trudge
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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