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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.
References in classic literature ?
Since White Fang continued to fight, it is obvious that it was the other dogs that died.
The average dog was accustomed to the preliminaries of snarling and bristling and growling, and the average dog was knocked off his feet and finished before he had begun to fight or recovered from his surprise.
And for the next year or two, whenever fights were being talked of, the small boys who had been present shook their heads wisely, saying, "Ah!
There is a certain sort of fellow--we who are used to studying boys all know him well enough--of whom you can predicate with almost positive certainty, after he has been a month at school, that he is sure to have a fight, and with almost equal certainty that he will have but one.
"Yes," said Luis Cervallos, "they are afraid to fight cows.
Furthermore, this bull does not want to fight. Behold, he runs away."
And, of course, Cheese- Face had picked on him again, and there was another fight that was indeterminate, because at quarter to four the door of the press- room was thrown open and the gang of boys crowded in to fold their papers.
How they had enjoyed the fight! He paused in his recollections long enough to envy them the spectacle he and Cheese-Face had put up.
If, then, any other god comes here and offers you battle, do not fight him; but should Jove's daughter Venus come, strike her with your spear and wound her."
When Aeneas saw him thus making havoc among the ranks, he went through the fight amid the rain of spears to see if he could find Pandarus.
In a little while the fight was utter confusion, drifting on the whole to the southwest against the wind.
"Why, it is with him I am also going to fight," said Porthos.
In the beginning of the fight she had but one hundred free from sickness and four score and ten sick, laid in hold upon the ballast.
The men fight--that is a sacred privilege and duty; to fight and die for Issus.
A shout arose from the stands, for wherever may have been the favor of the spectators, none there was who could say that it had not been a pretty fight, or that the better man had not won.