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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.

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.
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You see, Kotick had never fasted for four months as the big seals did every year, and his deep-sea swimming trips kept him in perfect condition, and, best of all, he had never fought before.
You called me your princess without having asked my hand of me, and then you boasted that you had fought for me.
But neither of these two wounds was serious, and they only fought more earnestly.
Furiously we fought, but the advantage was mine, for I stood upon a raised platform above them, and I fought for the most glorious woman of a glorious race, and I fought for a great love and for the mother of my boy.
One fought on a "front," and behind that front the winner's supplies and resources, his towns and factories and capital, the peace of his country, were secure.
On the other question, how the battle of Borodino and the preceding battle of Shevardino were fought, there also exists a definite and well-known, but quite false, conception.
Again the Heliumite and the Lotharian fought shoulder to shoulder, but the battle was soon over, for the Prince of Helium alone would have been a match for any three that Dusar could produce.
The Black Odwar had these to strengthen his arm, and besides these the knowledge of the thing that Gahan had whispered into the ears of his players before the game, and so he fought for what is more than life to the man of honor.
You have fought well this day, Norman of Torn," replied De Montfort.
And so he fought and drove and bullied and even wheedled his way along.
The first battle, fought and finished," Martin said to the looking-glass ten days later.
In this manner it came about that he fought all sizes and breeds of dogs.
He crooked his left arm defensively about his head and fought with cursing fury.
These fights were finished, one way or the other, or we separated them with drinks, while all the time Nelson and Soup Kennedy fought on.
The regular troops fought the farmers as savagely as had they been Indians.