verb (plods, plodding, plodded)[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- 1Walk doggedly and slowly with heavy steps: we plodded back up the hillMore example sentences
- I heard their heavy boots slowly plodding across the hardwood floors to the back stairs that led to his room.
- I slowly plodded down the steps of bus.
- She walked all day, plodding down deserted alleyways and running across busy intersections.
- 1.1Work slowly and perseveringly at a dull task: we were plodding through a textbookMore example sentences
- Most of the day I've kept myself busy, working on the website, plodding steadily through the task of establishing a new, unified approach to the archives.
- They were content to plod on with tedious tasks.
- Soon after, he went to work, where he plodded through his daily tasks and his co-workers, most of whom knew bits and pieces of his personal life but none of whom knew the whole story, ignored him.
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- 1A slow, heavy walk: he settled down to a steady plodMore example sentences
- In the main the group coped well, getting into a steady plod to get them to the top of the pass.
- Intelligent dark eyes surveyed the rain-tossed sky through the windows, the mass of people rushing for shelter then slowing down into a weary plod as they reached the shade awnings and begin their trudging to classes.
- Then it was a dire plod back along Rainhill Road, through Nutgrove then home.
- 2 (also PC Plod) British • informal A police officer: a bunch of plods arrived, offering me a lift to the cop shop[with allusion to Mr Plod the Policeman in Enid Blyton's Noddy stories for children]More example sentences
- And over the road, taking shelter from the heat and rain in the bushes, another two secret and two uniformed plods.
- (No early morning knocks on the door yet from the local plods, you'll be glad to hear).
- It seems the ordinary plods have some other beefs with the way he runs the police; the Police Union voted no confidence in him earlier this month.
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- She would rouse the indolent, cheer the plodder, steady the unstable and encourage the eager.
- But one of his political tricks is to lull people into seeing him as a bit of a grey plodder, when suddenly he'll surprise with a devastating turn of phrase, a damaging soundbite and barbed humour.
- They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder.
mid 16th century: probably symbolic of a heavy gait.