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wade across

To travel on foot across (something or some place) with one's feet submerged in water or some other liquid. We'll have to wade across this muddy marsh if we want to reach the road anytime soon. There was no bridge over the stream, so I had no choice but to wade across.
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wade in(to something)

1. Literally, to enter and begin walking through liquid, especially water. Despite my nervousness, I closed my eyes and waded into the ocean. The room had flooded with noxious chemicals, so the worker put on his protective suit and waded in.
2. To intervene or become involved in something that is already in progress, especially a conflict, debate, controversy, etc. The politician chose not to wade in on the controversial topic during her re-election campaign. Don't wade into their debate unless you want to talk about politics for the rest of the night.
3. To begin to do something with energy and determination. She rolled up her sleeves and waded right in to help us with our baking mishap. I've set aside a few hours this morning so I can wade into all my unread emails.
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wade into (one)

To lash out at one; to attack one verbally. I'm not surprised Maria waded into you with such nasty insults—that girl is mean.
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wade through (something)

1. To physically try to move through some area or substance that restricts forward progress. Wading through waist-high water is quite a workout!
2. By extension, to struggle to do or complete something (usually due to some factor that is slowing down progress). Look at all these files! I'll never be able to wade through them in one day.
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wading bird

A type of bird with long legs and a long neck that is typically found in shallow water. Examples include the crane and the stork. Look at all that wading bird near the shore. I think it might be a heron.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wade across something

to walk across something covered by water. Let's wade across the stream at this point. If I wade across it, I will get wet.
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wade in

 (to something)
1. to walk into an area covered by water. The horse waded right into the stream. It waded right in.
2. Fig. to get quickly and directly involved in something. (Fig. on {2}.) Don't just wade into things. Stop and think about what you are doing. Just wade in and get started.
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wade through something

1. to walk with effort through a substance, such as water, mud, garbage, etc. The soldiers waded through the mud on the way to battle. They waded through the mess to get to where they were going.
2. Fig. to struggle through something with difficulty. (Fig. on {2}.) You mean I have to wade through all these applications? I have to wade through forty term papers in the next two days.
See also: through, wade
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wade in

Also, wade into. Plunge into, begin or attack resolutely and energetically, as in She waded into that pile of correspondence. This idiom transfers entering water to beginning some action. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

wade in

1. To walk into a substance, such as water, that hinders normal movement: Unable to reach the buoy from the shore, I waded in toward it.
2. To join or intervene in an ongoing conflict, debate, or controversy: The government waded in to settle the contract dispute.
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wade into

1. To walk into something, such as water, that impedes normal movement: The child waded into the ocean.
2. To join or intervene in some ongoing conflict, debate, or controversy: The government waded into the dispute and forced a resolution. The mayor waded into the debate to elaborate on a few points.
3. To become increasingly involved in some effort: The committee waded into the task.
4. To attack someone or something verbally or physically: The supervisor waded into me with a vehement attack.
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wade through

1. To walk through something, such as water, that hinders normal movement: We waded through the water.
2. To proceed through something with great difficulty or effort: I waded through a boring report.
See also: through, wade
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Wade took the long drive Martin, under his father's guidance, chopped down enough trees to build a little lean-to kitchen and make-shift stable.
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