force through

force someone or something through something

to push someone or something through an opening. First, you must force the others through the opening and then go through yourself. We forced the sofa through the door and scarred up the doorjamb.
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force something through something

to press or drive something through something that resists. They forced the bill through the legislature. We were not able to force the matter through the board of directors.
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References in classic literature ?
Insensibly this mass of almost annihilated beings became so compact, so deaf, so torpid, so happy perhaps, that Marechal Victor, who had been their heroic defender by holding twenty thousand Russians under Wittgenstein at bay, was forced to open a passage by main force through this forest of men in order to cross the Beresina with five thousand gallant fellows whom he was taking to the emperor.