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chug1

[chuhg] /tʃʌg/
noun
1.
a short, dull, explosive sound:
the steady chug of an engine.
verb (used without object), chugged, chugging.
2.
to make this sound:
The motor chugged.
3.
to move while making this sound:
The train chugged along.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; imitative
Related forms
chugger, noun

chug2

[chuhg] /tʃʌg/
verb (used with object), chugged, chugging.
verb (used without object), chugged, chugging.
2.
to drink something in large gulps:
to chug on a bottle of beer.
noun
3.
a large gulp or swallow:
He finished his beer in two chugs.
Origin
imitative
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Examples from the web for chugging
  • This, he says, is vital to get the economy chugging along again.
  • Although both should be able to keep chugging along, neither is likely to set any great pace.
  • Its stimulus package has been spectacularly high and kept its economy chugging along at record high levels.
  • But he's still chugging away even though he thinks there are no survivors yet.
  • Staying hot means constantly retooling, chugging out upgraded wheel varieties, fashions and comfort features twice a year.
  • Instead, he's on a side track, chugging along a bureaucratic road to nowhere.
  • The engine is likely to keep on chugging, even in the jet age.
  • Some names are still chugging along in different forms and in different places.
  • If you think he's going to miss a start because of a neck problem, you've been chugging paint thinner.
  • Even if the old clunker is still chugging along, you can always drum up reasons why you need to buy a new one.
British Dictionary definitions for chugging

chug

/tʃʌɡ/
noun
1.
a short dull sound, esp one that is rapidly repeated, such as that made by an engine
verb chugs, chugging, chugged
2.
(intransitive) (of an engine, etc) to operate while making such sounds
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for chugging

chug

n.

1866, echoic of a working steam engine. As a verb, from 1884. Related: Chugged; chugging. Drinking sense attested by 1940s (chug-a-lug), probably imitative of the sound of swallowing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chugging

chug 1

verb

To drink very quickly and in volume, as alcohol: chugged six milks at lunch


chug 2

verb

To move along, esp slowly and laboriously: The USS Saratoga came chugging up the Delaware

[1900+; echoic of an engine, esp a steam engine, operating]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for chugging

chug

chug-a-lug
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