In the eloquent words of colonial preacher John Winthrop, “When a man is to wade through deep water, there is required tallness.”
There are no emails for us to wade through—even if we were champing at the bits.
You'll wade through bog and fight your way through underbrush.
Between him and his home there was the road to cross and the meadow to wade through.
It is enough; I need not wade through the entire work, in order to show the falsity of Mrs. Stowe's tale.
We had expected to have to wade through snow until daylight.
"Chum, you bounder," I shout, as he is about to wade through the herbaceous border.
Macbeth is determined to wade through slaughter to a throne.
He had been out at short intervals all the afternoon, that she should not have to wade through drifts to the door.
It spurs him on and helps him to wade through discouragement.
Old English wadan "to go forward, proceed," in poetic use only, except as oferwaden "wade across," from Proto-Germanic *wadan (cf. Old Norse vaða, Danish vade, Old Frisian wada, Dutch waden, Old High German watan, German waten "to wade"), from PIE root *wadh- "to go," found only in Germanic and Latin (cf. Latin vadere "to go," vadum "shoal, ford," vadare "to wade"). Italian guado, French gué "ford" are Germanic loan-words.
Specifically of walking into water from c.1200. Originally a strong verb (past tense wod, past participle wad); weak since 16c. Figurative sense of "to go into" (action, battle, etc.) is recorded from late 14c. Related: Waded; wading.