1. To walk through some environment, substance, weather, etc., with heavy, laborious steps. We trudged through the thick mud, weighed down as much by hunger and fatigue as by our packs. I hate having to trudge through this awful wind each day on the way to work. We trudged through the mountains for hours in search of our lost comrade.
2. To progress through (some task or activity) at a slow, arduous pace. The data-entry work was horribly tedious, but I just put on my headphones and kept trudging through the spreadsheet. I know the last few weeks have been hard for the whole team, but we've got to trudge through to the end.
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trudge through something
1. Lit. to walk through snow, sand, or something similar. We trudged through the hot sand all the way down the beach. I used to have to trudge through snow like this all winter to get to school.
2. Fig. to work one's way through something difficult. I hate to have to trudge through these reports on the weekend. I have to trudge through a lot of work before I can go home.
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