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Armand: I was just thinking what you said about Vincent laughing around and drinking with those lads on the day of his death. Where was that?

Woman: Well it was right here, exactly here. Scribbling and scrawling away he was as always.

What's the purpose of "Away" here?

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The Cambridge Dictionary provides this definition and 3 examples. The first example is precisely on point:

away adverb (CONTINUOUSLY)

continuously or repeatedly, or in a busy way:

I was still writing away when the exam finished.
Chris has been working away in the garden all day.
We were chatting away at the back and didn't hear what he said.

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