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fight (one's way) through

1. To force one's way through (a crowd or crowded place). The party was so packed with people that I had to fight through just to get to the bathroom! We had to fight our way through the crowd to board the train on time.
2. To struggle to overcome or succeed despite (some obstacle, difficulty, or impasse). The team has been fighting through a number of injuries among its star players. I have to find a way to fight my way through this creative slump. The regime is increasing its pressure on our resistance. We all need to band together and fight through.
See also: fight, through

fight (one's) way back to (something or some place)

1. To struggle or use force to return to some place, position, or thing. The party was so packed with people that I had to fight my way back to where my friends were talking. We had to fight our way through the crowd to board the train on time.
2. To struggle to return to some condition or state. The political candidate will have to fight her way back to the top of the polls. After a devastating civil war, the country has to fight its way back to a position of stability and prosperity.
See also: back, fight, to, way
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 (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.


(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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