But this fall, the fashion patrician is wading, couture-less, into the muck.
Bill Clinton famously got taken off-message in his first months by wading into the gays-in-the-military debate.
When the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department stepped into AIG, it was obvious they were wading into a swamp.
That next morning felt slow and strange, like wading through quicksand.
Children wear raggedy T-shirts and dresses when not wading into the lake, splashing and playing.
They marched in long column up the Missaguash shore, wading through the rich young grasses.
And wading into the water, she said in a severe tone, 'I will catch the fish; you can watch me.'
In alighting such a bird may swim on puddles of water between the stubble where the others are wading.
I didn't say you had been wading, and I didn't suppose you really had.
Any one taking up Bonald's works directly after De Maistre's will have difficulty in wading through them.
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.