work (one's) way through

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work (one's) way through

1. To stay engaged in a task continuously. Often used when the task is long-term or plodding. We're working our way through the set of problems the math teachers assigned I have to work my way through any book I start, even if I don't like it very much.
2. To work in order to pay for some long-term educational program. Kate is working her way through college, but it's taken a while, as she's only been able to attend classes part-time. You don't even realize how well off you are. When I was your age, I had to work my way through school!
See also: through, way, work

work, etc. your way through something

read or do something from the beginning to the end of something: He worked his way through the dictionary learning ten new words every day.He’s eating his way through all the restaurants that are recommended in the Good Food Guide.
See also: something, through, way