To rub along

to go on with difficulty; as, they manage, with strict economy, to rub along.

See also: Rub

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The Switch owner (https://imgur.com/gallery/58bBc43#88PnO9v) found that moving the joystick causes sliders, with metal prongs, to rub along the contact pads made of graphite.
But these duelling Duchesses must find a way to rub along.
DAMNED Channel 4, 10pm MISERY and laughter seem to rub along nicely together in this series, which bows out tonight with the final two episodes.
BEST OF THE REST Social work hell with a touch of comedy DAMNED Channel 4, 10pm MISERY and laughter seem to rub along nicely together in this series, which bows out tonight with the final two episodes.
in hh Most Muslims in Britain have always been perfectly happy to rub along with their neighbours, no matter what faith they may follow.
I have lovely neighbours and we all seem to rub along well.
NHS staff typically retire on very modest pensions of pounds 7,000-pounds 8,000 while even teachers are forced to rub along on pounds 10,000 or so.
Reinvigorated by a return to his beloved New York, Allen presents a metafictional romantic stew as the odd couple of curmudgeon Larry David and Mississippi runaway Evan Rachel Wood struggle to rub along, trading snappy one-liners all the way.
Someone has proved tricky to rub along with and diplomacy hard to muster.
And they suggested that in order to rub along together more effectively, men and women should go for "code switching," which they describe as using knowledge of more than one culture and language to communicate.
His films have never been hugely praised by critics and even his fellow actors find it hard to rub along with the temperamental star.
It is really a matter of whether Birmingham sees itself as a big player, or is happy to rub along with the also-rans.