(redirected from wading)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to wading: Wading birds

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.
See also: across, wade

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.
See also: wade

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.
See also: wade

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.
See also: through, wade

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.
See also: bird, wade
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.
See also: across, wade

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.
See also: wade

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]
See also: wade
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.
See also: wade

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.
See also: wade

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.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
After years of finding myself landing a fish and in need of a pair pliers to assist with the release, knowing there's a perfectly good pair back at the boat, I finally added a dedicated pair of rugged pliers with a built-in line cutter to my wading pack.
As much as not having pliers while wading has frustrated me over the years, I've been equally disheartened looking at an empty hook and realizing that my bait bucket is a long walk across an oyster bar.
Hydration can be essential when wading a hot summer flat.
I recommend wading shoes and boots, footwear designed for the jagged, stinging, slicing, prickly things that compose the inshore seabed.
A final note about footwear: It doesn't matter what footwear you use if you're stepping onto terrain not suited for wading. Much of Florida's northeastern estuarine waters, as well as Big Bend and West Central shore lines, are made up of mud flats.
Spray play is safer, cleaner and more water-efficient than wading pools, Peterson said.
Besides concerns over the unhealthiness of "standing water," new federal regulations concerning public pools and spas that went into effect last year were another incentive for Oregon, said Steve Keifer, a public pools specialist in Portland with the state Department of Human Service's Public Health Division, which created the new wading pool rules.
The law says all public pools must have what most wading pools in Oregon do not - drain covers and safety vacuum release systems or the equivalent, Keifer said.
Eugene's five wading pools are in Washington, University, Monroe, Sladden and States Streets parks and are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.
If you plan to do lots of wading over oysters, buy a pair of high-top leather or hard rubber wading shoes or wading boots.