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wading bird

A type of bird with long legs and a long neck that is typically found in shallow water. Examples include the crane and the stork. Look at all that wading bird near the shore. I think it might be a heron.
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wade across something

to walk across something covered by water. Let's wade across the stream at this point. If I wade across it, I will get wet.
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wade in

 (to something)
1. to walk into an area covered by water. The horse waded right into the stream. It waded right in.
2. Fig. to get quickly and directly involved in something. (Fig. on {2}.) Don't just wade into things. Stop and think about what you are doing. Just wade in and get started.
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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 {2}.) You mean I have to wade through all these applications? I have to wade through forty term papers in the next two days.
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wade in

Also, wade into. Plunge into, begin or attack resolutely and energetically, as in She waded into that pile of correspondence. This idiom transfers entering water to beginning some action. [Mid-1800s]
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wade in

v.
1. To walk into a substance, such as water, that hinders normal movement: Unable to reach the buoy from the shore, I waded in toward it.
2. To join or intervene in an ongoing conflict, debate, or controversy: The government waded in to settle the contract dispute.
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wade into

v.
1. To walk into something, such as water, that impedes normal movement: The child waded into the ocean.
2. To join or intervene in some ongoing conflict, debate, or controversy: The government waded into the dispute and forced a resolution. The mayor waded into the debate to elaborate on a few points.
3. To become increasingly involved in some effort: The committee waded into the task.
4. To attack someone or something verbally or physically: The supervisor waded into me with a vehement attack.
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wade through

v.
1. To walk through something, such as water, that hinders normal movement: We waded through the water.
2. To proceed through something with great difficulty or effort: I waded through a boring report.
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References in classic literature ?
This he proceeded to verify by wading out over them himself, lighting matches as he came along.
Changing horses for the last time, we again began wading through the mud.
With his horizon all his own, yet he a poor man, born to be poor, with his inherited Irish poverty or poor life, his Adam's grandmother and boggy ways, not to rise in this world, he nor his posterity, till their wading webbed bog-trotting feet get talaria to their heels.
A sea-bred boy would not have stayed a day on Earraid; which is only what they call a tidal islet, and except in the bottom of the neaps, can be entered and left twice in every twenty-four hours, either dry-shod, or at the most by wading.
In their hands were swords and spears, and they were leaping, waist-deep, into the sea-wash and wading ashore.
I'm fortunate to have fished much of Florida's shallow shoreline, and have noticed one big difference between our Big Bend and the rest of the state's west and north Gulf coast--a decided scarcity of wading spots that are accessible to those without boats.
No beaches" means no beach sand, and on the Big Bend that means mucky bottom, and it's no fun when your wading shoes get sucked off in the bog.
Cole said his company developed nonmarking rubber for use in wading shoes after L.
I used the Canyoneers as wading boots fishing the fast-moving Kings River and found they worked well.
The water stays at a numbing 40 degrees, enough to make you wonder where your feet went after a couple of hours of wading, even in neoprene waders and extra thermal underwear.
Studded wading boots and a collapsible staff can help keep you upright.
For rivers like the East Walker, where foliage along the banks is too thick to cast from, wading is the antidote.
To prevent losing your footing on the river bottom, continue to use your wading shoes - or fit the soles of sneakers or heavy-duty sandals with no-slip felt sold at tackle shops.