Phrase(s): wade through something
1. to walk with effort through a substance, such as water, mud, garbage, etc. The soldiers waded through the mud on the way to battle. They waded through the mess to get to where they were going. 2. Fig. to struggle through something with difficulty. (Fig. on Q.) You mean I have to wade through all these applications? I have to wade through forty term papers in the next two days.
McGrawhill's American Idioms And Phrasal Verbs