slowly but surely

slowly but surely
slowly but surely phrase
happening or doing something in a slow and gradual way, but achieving definite results

Slowly but surely, the old landowning class was losing its power and influence.

Main entry: slowly

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achieving the desired results gradually and reliably rather than quickly and spectacularly

the new church began, slowly but surely, to grow

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slowly but surely
: by making slow but definite progress
— used to stress that something is happening or being done even though it is not happening or being done quickly

We're getting the work done, slowly but surely.

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Main Entry:slowly
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slowly but surely — see slowly
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ˌslowly but ˈsurely idiom
making slow but definite progress

We'll get there slowly but surely.

Main entry:slowlyidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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