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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.
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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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That's a great deal of Trudging Around In A Lot Of Mud, by anyone's standards.
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A number of friends and myself spent a few days trudging through the mud of various breeders in Wexford, got rained on by the bucketful, drove the 160km or so to Dublin City, spent 15 minutes finding a car parking space, struggled for half an hour to get served spilt beer in cheap plastic glasses, fought our way outside in the pouring rain to get bumped and bruised trying to nick a price, and got soaked on the way out.
Though I wouldn't go that far, they have a power to draw you into their realm of teeming signs broadcast across the page, using characters "which always convey you back to the human image - a human image generally dragging and trudging through deep plowed fields, or something like that," as Bacon told critic David Sylvester.
Every dance, be it a solo for Tchaikovsky on his deathbed or a trudging procession for a bereft populace, seems inscribed in blood.
POOR old Henry found it difficult to live up to the St Bernard image of trudging through snow-swept mountains with a barrel of brandy for stranded climbers.
The weather and geography informed the final product - now transferred to Tampere and performed in a poor theatre style - with the cast trudging in lock-step throughout Moliere's whole play, often naked...with occasional powdered wigs, of course.
As I walked past a spiral staircase, I saw a man -- a stranger -- slowly trudging up the steps.
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how he stamped around my mother's kitchen in his crew cut and big black boots, whacking his finger in her face, drilling holes with his army voice repeat after me, i cannot hear you, nod your head, and she did, sitting bent over the dark oval of the kitchen table, nodding till her face drooped into a waxy blur tears steaming down her face like scouring fluid, saying, yes i hear you, yes, i swear sometimes, i want to waltz in, turn the big wooden clock in that kitchen back, and spit on my father, like i would spit on my shoe, rub the crud off, the dull residue gathered from trudging through this world, i want to spit hard, and rub, down to the deepest grain, down to my father's leathery skin, that is my skin, down to the pores, where it all begins.