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percolate through (something)

To pass through something that is not entirely solid, such as a mesh or porous material. The wind ripped the shingles off the roof, allowing the rain to percolate through it.
See also: percolate, through
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

percolate through something

[for a liquid] to seep down through something. The water percolated through the coffee grounds too slowly for Fred, who was just dying for a hot cup of the stuff. The water percolated through the subsoil and appeared again at the bottom of the hill.
See also: percolate, through
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Percolate as you would ordinary coffee grounds and serve with raw, unheated honey and cream.
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coli can percolate down through the soil and eventually reached groundwater, says Russell.
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But salt deposits require water to percolate through rocks for millions of years, Christensen says.