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fight

 (one's way) through (something)
1. to struggle to get through something; to struggle to penetrate something. I'll have to fight my way through all this crepe paper in order to reach the punch bowl. The room was filled with trash, and I had to fight through it to get to the other door.
2. to struggle to work through all of something. I have to fight my way through this stack of papers by noon. I am tired of fighting through red tape.

fight

(one's way) back (to something) to struggle to return to something or some place. She fought her way back to the head of the line. Jan fought back to good health.
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Sea Catch sunk his head proudly between his fat shoulders and pretended to go to sleep for a few minutes, but all the time he was keeping a sharp lookout for a fight.
Unfortunately, we do not live in the times of the great emperor, we live in the times of the cardinal; and three days hence, however well the secret might be guarded, it would be known, I say, that we were to fight, and our combat would be prevented.
I do not say that you ought not to fight, I only say that a duel is a serious thing, and ought not to be undertaken without due reflection.
Presently, as I shall tell, the white men found in the Butteridge machine a weapon that could meet and fight the flying-machines of the Asiatic swordsman.
It seemed centuries since he had begun the round of daily fights, and time stretched away into a nightmare and infinite future of daily fights.
He had fought more fights, knew how to meet more tricks and methods, and had more tricks himself, while his own method was scarcely to be improved upon.
Nelson had got into a fight with Bill Kelley on the Annie and was carrying a bullet-hole through his left hand.
I have seen many bull-fights, but never have I seen anything so abominable as the scene in the boxes when the fight was over.
The news ran like wildfire about, and many boys who were on their way to tea at their several houses turned back, and sought the back of the chapel, where the fights come off.
He was always ready for either a fight or a frolic; but had more mischief than ill-will in his composition; and with all his overbearing roughness, there was a strong dash of waggish good humor at bottom.
It was fight or look on, all day and every day; and sing, gamble, dance, carouse half the night every night.
Bill said his master hired him out to work, and not to help to whip me; so he left Covey and myself to fight our own battle out.
It is not my way to turn and run while others stand and fight," growled Umslopogaas; "yet, because of Nada, it seems that I must.
The one they fight for that they may ask them in marriage; the other kind they fight for also, but never ask their hands.
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.