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walk someone through something
1. to lead or accompany someone through an opening, arch, doorway, etc. Mike walked Mary through the arch into a lovely garden. Todd walked Rita through the doorway, into the ballroom.
2. Fig. to lead someone through a complex problem or thought process. Mary walked Jane through the complex solution to the calculus problem. Do I have to walk you through this solution?
walk through something
Fig. to rehearse something in a casual way; to go through a play or other performed piece, showing where each person is to be located during each speech or musical number. Let's walk through this scene one more time.
1. Perform in a perfunctory fashion, as in She was just walking through her job, hoping to quit very soon. This idiom originally referred to practicing parts in a play at an early rehearsal. It was applied more broadly from the late 1800s. Also see go through the motions.
2. walk someone through. Instruct someone carefully, one step at a time, as in He was very helpful, walking me through all the steps in this complex computer program.
1. To perform something in a perfunctory fashion, as at a first rehearsal: We walked through the dance routine to make sure everyone understood the moves.
2. To guide someone through some process: My counselor walked me through the application procedures.
walk (someone) through
To guide (someone) deliberately through (a process), one step at a time: She walked me through the installation of new software.