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penetrate (something) with (something)

To use something in order to pierce something else. We'll have to penetrate the rock layer with dynamite. The sniper penetrated the armored window with a high-caliber, high-velocity rifle.
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penetrate into (someone or something)

To pierce, enter into, and stop inside of someone or something. The bullet penetrated into my chest through the body armor, but it thankfully did not pierce my heart or lungs. All kinds of radio waves penetrate into us throughout the day, but none are known to be harmful.
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penetrate through (someone or something)

To pierce and pass completely through someone or something. The bullet penetrated through my body armor, but thankfully only pierced the skin of my chest. I hate getting X-rays—I just feel like anything that can penetrate through you is probably not the safest thing in the world!
See also: penetrate, through
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

penetrate into someone or something

to pierce into someone or something; to stick deep into someone or something. The lance penetrated into the knight, right through his armor. The bullet penetrated into the wall.
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penetrate something with something

to pierce something with something. I could not even penetrate the steel door with a cold chisel. It was easy to penetrate the lid with a can opener.
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penetrate through something

to pierce all the way through something. (Some people will view the through as redundant.) The bullet could not penetrate through the metal plating. It did not have enough force to penetrate through the steel.
See also: penetrate, through
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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On the basis of very little evidence, malakos, rather than referring to the penetrated male in a homosexual act, becomes for Martin a full-scale attack on the feminine in general.
My Dad shot 19 broadheads into foam and into a block of hardened mix of lard and Crisco to determine which heads penetrated best.
By projecting Back Door through this opening, Vacas makes clear that unsatisfied desire is the weak point of the protective barrier we try to erect around the self - when it is penetrated, we become vulnerable to pain and anguish.
Because an injection creates tiny bubbles at a needle's tip, the scans revealed how far the needles had penetrated.--B.H.
The man was taken to an emergency department, where plain radiography revealed that the nail had penetrated the cranium (figure 1, A).
However, the aluminum oxide penetrated this refractory to such a degree that it could not be removed during regular night shift cleaning operations.
Land reform (1934-1936) penetrated the area deeply and gave rise to a peasant middle class who embraced the CCP.
Newfound modesty has penetrated other parts of the programme as well, and the architects are finding it hard to finish and furnish the building as they had hoped.
Only a forceful thrust--which severed the stone's tip as it penetrated the animal's flesh and broke off its base once the point poked through the bone--could have wedged the weapon into that position, the team holds.
The gradual heating of the charge allows cracks in the refractory to seal over before they can be penetrated by molten metal.
The green block is penetrated by diagonal routes that link it to the next strip: a formal paved square for civic functions and idling.
In the absence of any herbal remedy, the sperm penetrated 63 to 88 percent of the eggs.
The building is penetrated from east (city) and west (car park) through banks of glazed wind lobbies set at 45 degrees to the main axis.
Burn-in and burn-on should not be confused with metal penetration, which is the result of liquid iron that has penetrated into the voids between sand grains at the mold metal interface.
By forcing electrons and positrons (the oppositely charged, antimatter counterparts of electrons) to collide head-on at sufficiently high energies, researchers have now penetrated the virtual-particle screen and made the first measurements confirming that an electron's electromagnetic influence increases as the distance from the particle's central core decreases.