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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyplough through
he/she/itploughs through
present participleploughing through
past tenseploughed through
past participleploughed through
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  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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