bore through (someone or something)

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bore through (someone or something)

1. Literally, to create a hole in an object or material. You're going to need a special drill to bore through something this thick.
2. By extension, to penetrate one's inner self or emotions, often in a deeply affecting way. I had to turn around and look at the mysterious man because his gaze just bore through me.
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bore through someone

Fig. [for someone's gaze] to seem to penetrate the person being gazed or stared at. Her stare bored right through me.
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bore through something

to pierce or drill through something. The drill bit could not bore through the steel plate.
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English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Georges, and Louises, doubloons and double guineas and moidores and sequins, the pictures of all the kings of Europe for the last hundred years, strange Oriental pieces stamped with what looked like wisps of string or bits of spider's web, round pieces and square pieces, and pieces bored through the middle, as if to wear them round your neck--nearly every variety of money in the world must, I think, have found a place in that collection; and for number, I am sure they were like autumn leaves, so that my back ached with stooping and my fingers with sorting them out.
On his knees, he bored through the head of the first cask until the water rushed out upon the deck and flowed down into the bilge.