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plug away


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v plug away persist in working hard "Students must plug away at this problem"
    • v plug away work doggedly or persistently "She keeps plugging away at her dissertation"
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In literature:

For at least five minutes they plugged away and then Nancy, rising up again, uttered a startled exclamation.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
All this time we were plugging away down at the plant, early and late, with every ounce of steam we had.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Steve and I plugged away up the Stewart, and six weeks afterward that Spot crawled into camp.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
At night I plugged away at manuscripts hopefully intended for national periodicals.
"If You Don't Write Fiction" by Charles Phelps Cushing
He was a good hundred and fifty yards away and going like a streak when I plugged him.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
It was an easy matter to kick the plug away and raise the trap door.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
They were circling around in a wide arc, plugging away as fast as they could load.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Shmoke her tinderly wid honey-dew, afther letting the reek av the Canteen plug die away.
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling
But Dave plugged away, day after day, resolved to keep at it until the very last.
"Dave Porter and the Runaways" by Edward Stratemeyer
We hustled home to change our plugs, an' are hittin' the trail again right away.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Just how long can a stubborn and mystified man plug away at his task?
"The Six Fingers of Time" by Raphael Aloysius Lafferty
The Doctor extracted a plug of tobacco from his pipe and flung it away, shut his penknife and put it in his waistcoat pocket.
"The Wonderful Visit" by Herbert George Wells
I've been plugging away at the newspaper game ever since I got my start in Cheyenne.
"The Gray Phantom's Return" by Herman Landon
Halcott got up now; he plucked a pinch of moss, and after plugging his pipe therewith he placed it carefully away in his jacket pocket.
"The Island of Gold" by Gordon Stables
As the colour dies the clamming, if any, may be knocked away, and later on the spy plugs removed.
"Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers" by George J. Cox
Keep plugging away above the line.
"The Knack of Managing" by Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson
Why, I would be plugging away to-day on a poor paying job, with decidedly poor prospects ahead of me.
"Frank Merriwell's Triumph" by Burt L. Standish
For nearly half an hour Edmond had been plugging away with his men, when of a sudden a machine-gun section ran up close to them.
"At the Sign of the Sword" by William Le Queux
Our own gun, however, was soon in action and it plugged away merrily, seemingly giving as good as we received.
"British Secret Service During the Great War" by Nicholas Everitt
He had found good picking, he had often jovially remarked since, chewing serenely away on a brand of vile plug the while.
"Langford of the Three Bars" by Kate Boyles

In poetry:

He kept on plugging at the four aways -
Likewise their yearly frame: the Frinton folk
Who put him up for summer holidays,
And Christmas at his sister's house in Stoke.
"Mr Bleaney" by Philip Larkin
Plug every spring that dares to play
At bubble, in its gravel cup,
Or babble, as it runs away!—
Nay,—catch and coop your eagles up!
It is not meet that thy should fly,
And scream of freedom, through your sky.
"The Gag" by John Pierpont

In news:

He's been plugging away, playing anywhere that will let him, doing what he loves for he better part of three decades.
They've achieved mid-level stardom by plugging away for six years, touring with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.'s search engine market share is minimal at best, but the company keeps on plugging away in application development to keep from being extinguished by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.
For those of you that are fans of the home shopping channel QVC, you may not be to pleased to know a guest co-host fainted live on the air, as the show host keeps plugging away the product.
Hybrid cars are hot right now, but the idea of a true plug-in hybrid -- one whose owner would literally plug it into an electrical socket at night to charge the battery -- still seems years away.
A Plug Away Thursday Success Story.
Miles says Tigers will keeping plugging away at passing game.
Instead, it plugs away in various niches, including industrial design and medical imaging.
These items ensure college kids stay plugged in when they're away from home.
8-ranked LSU Tigers keep plugging away with an eye on a January bowl game with Ole Miss headed to Baton Rouge.
Laborers for the New Home Company plug away at The Trails development in Folsom.
But there's also a lot going on at the other end of the auto industry, where smaller-time entrepreneurs and engineer/tinkerers are--excuse the expression-- plugging away.
Rockets GM Morey keeps plugging away.
Microsoft Plugging Away on HomeOS Automation Platform.
"I think Michael just has to plug away at it," Fry told AUTOSPORT.

In science:

Even though the elastic plug is confined to a very small region away from the wall, it is enough to break the balance between energy production and dissipation and stability is lost.
Linear Stability Analysis for Plane-Poiseuille Flow of an Elastoviscoplastic fluid with internal microstructure
Figure 1: Mexican hat potential:(a) Bosonic atoms are confined in a combined trap with (i) an isotropic harmonic confinement and (ii) the dipole potential created by a blue-detuned, gaussian laser beam that plugs the trap center and pushes the particles away from this point.
From Rotating Atomic Rings to Quantum Hall States
Moreover, the influence of this defect fades away together with the plug during time evolution.
From Rotating Atomic Rings to Quantum Hall States