tunnel through (something)

tunnel through (something)

1. To create a tunnel through something. It took the workers nearly 12 months to finish tunneling through the mountain.
2. To dig or bore through something. The mole has wide, spade-like claws that it used to dig through the soil. The outer walls of the prison were so friable that the inmate was able to tunnel through them using nothing but spoons he stole from the cafeteria.
3. To force a path through some dense group or collection of people or things. I had to tunnel through the crowd to reach the exit. Tunneling through that thick underbrush took much longer than we had anticipated.
See also: through, tunnel

tunnel through something

to make a tunnel or passageway through something or a group of people. Roger had to tunnel through the crowd to get to the rest room. The workers tunneled through the soft soil to reach the buried cable.
See also: through, tunnel