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Do something in a persistent or dogged way:‘he was banging away at his novel’
- ‘Could it be related to the fact that I heard Jackson banging away at the piano in G11, as I passed?’
- ‘I believe there is a vast and unseen military effort banging away at the very foundations of the Baathists, and we have yet to really see it unfold.’
- ‘We do need to keep banging away at the healthy eating message, and hope that it begins to get through.’
- ‘If we in the industry hadn't kept banging away at these drugs, we wouldn't have ever known that better ones could be found.’
- ‘The unexpected closing surge from the Scots continued, and they had been banging away at the Newport line once again in injury-time when the referee blew for no-side.’
- ‘They are forced to live in ‘barracks’ of the companies that sponsor them and are required to spend 12 hours a day banging away at their console games practicing for major contests (which are televised).’
- ‘My prediction: groups who oppose the Morning News' positions will start banging away at them, using comments from the blog as proof of editorial perfidy and moral unclarity.’
- ‘The next thing I know he's banging away at the car and it's rocking like hell.’
- ‘From National Review to the Wall Street Journal, the usual suspects have been banging away at the expedient scandal.’
- ‘That's what Ranieri the player was like, constantly banging away at something until he succeeded, without caring whether more talented people succeeded on the first attempt.’
- ‘Later that week, Jill the Very, Very Good Tester is banging away at the code, rolling her forehead back and forth on the keyboard or some equally cruel test.’
- ‘The responsible thing then was to drag your weary body to work, superglue your eyelids open and bang away at the keyboard so nobody else would suffer.’
- ‘It would do us well to ponder these words as we sit daily banging away at our computers, talking on our cell phones, and whizzing our faxes to the four corners of earth.’
- ‘‘I think our best problem-solving happens when three or four smart people get together and bang away at it, and we make that as easy as possible,’ he says.’
- ‘We were banging away at the council for eight months before they finally agreed it was a new-build.’
- ‘No sleep, no rice for a week, a family wedding and a five km marathon, and I'm here banging away at 11-30 p.m.’
- ‘And as he continued into the following day he continued to work though his repertoire - a good rock ‘n’ roll session, rather than just banging away at a single drum.’
- ‘‘There is a great deal more to writing for the musical theater than learning notation, the meaning of a diminished seventh, or banging away at a typewriter in some lonely room,’ he acknowledged.’
- ‘I fully intend to spend my time reading, not banging away at a keyboard.’
- ‘And while Nick Jago's drumming would benefit from more practice on fills and less on banging away at the high-hat, it still provides the purring engine that drives this beautiful machine.’
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