Definition of slowly but surely in US English:

slowly but surely


  • Achieving the desired results gradually and reliably rather than quickly and spectacularly.

    ‘the new church began, slowly but surely, to grow’
    • ‘I'll be patient, tackle the job slowly but surely, and I'll get there.’
    • ‘They're beginning to move slowly but surely to try to bring a couple million people back.’
    • ‘Then, slowly but surely, they started to claw their way back into the game.’
    • ‘Since we launched the parade in 1995, it has developed slowly but surely.’
    • ‘The flat, slowly but surely, had been filling with gas (with me in it) for getting on for fourteen hours.’
    • ‘This is a quick second test post - I'm getting there slowly but surely!’
    • ‘Well, slowly but surely, the race for the White House is nearing the finish line.’
    • ‘I read about the history of the music and, slowly but surely, I got into it.’
    • ‘The hedge and trees are turning colour slowly but surely; if we get a frost in the next few days I think we may be in for a real show before they fall.’
    • ‘The euphoria has been fading out slowly but surely, and the trauma appears to be getting replaced by amnesia.’
    gradually, bit by bit, by degrees, little by little, slowly but surely, step by step, inchmeal
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