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