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chugverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /tʃʌɡ/ (-gg-)
(Definition of chug from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /tʃʌɡ/ (-gg-)
  • chug verb (MAKE SOUND)

[I always + adv/prep] to make the ​sound of an ​engine or ​motor, or to move making this ​sound: The ​train chugged up the ​hill. [I always + adv/prep] To chug also ​means to move ​steadily, like a little ​train: Yeah, my ​life is chugging ​right along, ​thanks.
  • chug verb (DRINK)

slang (also chug-a-lug,  /ˈtʃʌɡ·əˌlʌɡ, ˌtʃʌɡ·əˈlʌɡ/ ) to ​swallow a ​drinkcompletely without ​stopping to ​breathe: [T] He was so ​thirsty he chugged three ​glasses of ​water.
noun [C]  us   /tʃʌɡ/
We ​heard the chug of the boat’s ​engine in the ​distance.
(Definition of chug from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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