plough1 also plow AmE [plau] n
1.) a piece of farm equipment used to turn over the earth so that seeds can be planted
2.) under the plough
BrE formal land that is under the plough is used for growing crops
plough 2
plough2 v also plow AmE
1.) [I and T]
to turn over the earth using a plough so that seeds can be planted
In those days the land was plowed by oxen.
a ploughed field
2.) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move with a lot of effort or force
plough through/up/across etc
We ploughed through the thick mud.
3.) plough a lonely/lone furrow
BrE literary to do a job or activity that is different from those done by other people, or to do it alone
plough ahead phr v
to continue to do something in spite of opposition or difficulties
plough ahead with
The government will plough ahead with tests this year, despite a boycott from teachers.
plough back [plough sth<=>back] phr v
to use money that you have earned from a business to make the business bigger and more successful
plough something<=>back into
Companies can plough back their profits into new equipment.
plough into / [plough into sb/sth] phr v
to crash into something or someone, especially while driving, because you are unable to stop quickly enough
I plowed into the car in front.
plough on phr v
to continue doing something that is difficult or boring
plough on with
Julia ploughed on with the endless exam papers.
He looked displeased but she ploughed on regardless .
plough through [plough through sth] phr v
to read all of something, even though it is boring and takes a long time
Most staff will never want to plough through the manuals that come with the software.
plough up [plough sth<=>up] phr v
to break up the surface of the ground by travelling over it many times
Horses plough up the paths and make them muddy for walkers.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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