wade through

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v. wad·ed, wad·ing, wades
To walk in or through water or something else that similarly impedes normal movement.
To cross or pass through (water, for example) with difficulty: wade a swift creek.
The act or an instance of wading.
Phrasal Verbs:
wade in (or into)
To begin resolutely or energetically to do (something): waded into the task.
wade through
To read (something) with great effort: waded through the school's correspondence.

[Middle English waden, from Old English wadan.]
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w>wade through

vi +prep obj
(lit)waten durch
(fig)sich (durch)kämpfen durch
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References in classic literature ?
These are the times, when in his whale-boat the rover softly feels a certain filial, confident, land-like feeling towards the sea; that he regards it as so much flowery earth; and the distant ship revealing only the tops of her masts, seems struggling forward, not though high rolling waves, but through the tall grass of a rolling prairie: as when the western emigrants' horses only show their erected ears, while their hidden bodies widely wade through the amazing verdure.