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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyplough through
he/she/itploughs through
present participleploughing through
past tenseploughed through
past participleploughed through
  1. 1
    plough through something to finish something that takes a long time and is difficult or boring

    Do you waste too much time ploughing through paperwork?

  2. 2
    plough through someone/something to crash through something or a group of people with force, especially because you are moving or driving too quickly or in a careless or uncontrolled way

    The car mounted the grass verge and ploughed through the safety barrier.

  3. 3
    plough through something to move through something with a lot of difficulty

    We had been ploughing through this mud for almost an hour now.

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