throughthrough1 /θruː/ ●●●S1W1 preposition, adverb1door/passage etcENTER into one side or end of an entrance, passage, hole etc and out of the other side or endShe smiled at him as he walked through the door.Water will be pumped through a pipe.I managed to squeeze through a gap in the hedge.They were suddenly plunged into darkness as the train went through a tunnel.There were people standing in the doorway and I couldn’t get through.through toI went through to the kitchen to see who was there.2HOLEcutting/breaking cutting or breaking something, or making a hole from one side of it to the otherA football came crashing through the window.straight/right/clean throughThe bullet passed straight through his skull.3ENTERacross an area from one side of an area to the other or between a group of thingsWe passed through France on our way to Italy.We made our way through the village to the farm.The wind howled through the trees.He had to push his way through the crowd to get to her.Let me through – I’m a doctor.get through/make it through (=reach a place after a difficult journey)You’ll never get through – the snow’s two metres deep.Rescue teams have finally made it through to the survivors.We drove right through the town centre.Carry on straight through the village.4SEEsee through something if you see something through glass, a window etc, you are on one side of the glass etc and it is on the otherI could see her through the window.I could see right through the thin curtains.5ENTERpast a place past a place where you are supposed to stopIt took us ages to get through passport control.He drove straight through a red light.6DURINGtime during and to the end of a period of timeThe cold weather continued through the spring.He slept right through the day.The fighting went on all through the night.7DEAL WITHprocess/experience from the beginning to the end of a process or experienceThe book guides you through the whole procedure of buying a house.When you have been through a terrible experience like that, it takes a long time to recover.It’s a miracle that these buildings came through the war undamaged.8competitions past one stage in a competition to the next stagethrough toThis is the first time they’ve ever made it through to the final.They didn’t even get through the first round of the contest.9BECAUSEbecause of something because of somethingHow many working days were lost through sickness last year?10USE somethingby means of something/somebody by means of a particular method, service, person etcShe got her first job through an employment agency.a success that was achieved through co-operative effort and wise leadershipI heard about it through a friend.► see thesaurus at because11SCLparliament/congress if a proposal passes through a parliament, it is agreed and accepted as a lawA special bill was rushed through Congress to deal with the emergency.12 →May through June/Wednesday through Friday etc13 →halfway through (something)14telephone British EnglishTCTconnected to someone by telephoneI tried phoning you, but I couldn’t get through.Please hold the line and I’ll put you through.through toDid you manage to get through to her?15 →wet through/cooked through etc16 →through and through17 →through to London/Paris etc18 →get/go/run through something
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through• He bought the ticketsthrough a friend at the stadium.• Rabbits got into the backyardthrough a hole in the fence.• The bill's passage throughCongress was not a smooth one.• Fill out this form before you passthroughcustoms.• The bullet had passed through his right arm.• Hundreds of working days have been lost this year throughillness.• The Community Associationcollapsedthrough lack of support.• Prices are generally lowest from JanuarythroughMarch and highest June through August.• The store is open MondaythroughSaturday.• It was throughsheer laziness that we didn't get our flight booked on time.• "When will you be away?" "The 17th through the 19th."• The two men fledthrough the back door and escaped from police.• Over the weekend, we took a leisurely drive through the countryside.• Janet needed a lot of support to make it through the death of her husband.• As the water passes through the filter, dirt is taken out.• Through the kitchen window, I saw the mailman walking up to the house.• The party continued through the night until dawn.• It will be several months before your newborn sleeps through the night.• The driver had gone straight through the traffic lights and hit an oncoming car.• Rescue workers searchedthrough the wreckage for survivors.through to• Something is preventing the gas from flowingthrough to the engine.straight/right/clean through• Jen woke me up around eight that night, asking if I was going to sleep straight through.• He had his hands on her waist, could feel the warmththrobbingright through her sweater.• He looked at her, waved her back into the chair and went straight through into the kitchen.• I don't think I slept right through that whole week.• But where music has been a constantright through the ages, cinema has been a product of its time.• For six years we lived under the threat that the M18 could be driven straight through the centre.• The 2. 05 percent attrition rate the agency had managed to maintain promised to go straight through the roof.straight through• Jen woke me up around eight that night, asking if I was going to sleep straight through.• I assumed she could sleep straight through a coughingfit.• Metaphorically speaking, you could see straight through him to the other side of the room.• It troubles me that though I read Gibbons's book straight through, I never before noticed a surfclam.• For six years we lived under the threat that the M18 could be driven straight through the centre.• At C. Mellings, Printers and Stationers she went straight through the shop and upstairs, and into her father's room.• She walked straight through the sitting-room and out into the sunshine.• This means they can move straight through woods and debris and such like.see right through• I make it like you can see right through it.• And when the sun hits just right, you can actually see right through the loudspeakers.• Aiming your light down into it, you can see right through the membrane to the cellinterior.• But because they looked like such retardeddunces, and women saw right through them.• Instead, you will see what there is to learn horn them-and then see right through them.• Above right: I can see right through you!• The women will see right through you.• We could see right through your crafty but loosePropaganda.straight through• Jen woke me up around eight that night, asking if I was going to sleep straight through.• I assumed she could sleep straight through a coughing fit.• Metaphorically speaking, you could see straight through him to the other side of the room.• It troubles me that though I read Gibbons's book straight through, I never before noticed a surf clam.• For six years we lived under the threat that the M18 could be driven straight through the centre.• At C. Mellings, Printers and Stationers she went straight through the shop and upstairs, and into her father's room.• She walked straight through the sitting-room and out into the sunshine.• This means they can move straight through woods and debris and such like.all through• When you've been through death and live again you're changed all through.• She fought the feeling all through Saturday, but by Sunday she had had enough.• The police piled into the boroughall through the day.• Jaq had prayedall through the night and felt giddy but purified.• What's more, they're alive for home-field advantageall through the postseason.• Yes, but the principlerepeatsall through the system.• Our commentall through this has been that there were no names mentioned...get through• Patronsget through 200,000 bottles of champagne a year.• He gets through a couple of bottles a year for chromatography.• I will never know how I got through that day.• Parents who grapple with the problem from the start seem to get through the adjustments much better.• It took nearly two years to get through the formalities for the younger child.• Jody sees that the reporter did manage to get through to Dan Williams for a comment.• Textiles accounted for just over a third, after a slight increase that got through to profit.• Unlike Nelson, we got through without mishap.put ... through• Of course, the same result could be achieved without putting the bookkeeping through a LoansFund.• Ernie put through a phone call to Rhonda.• Suzi Hoflin came in with two of her pupils and put Ingrid through a reasonable enough gypsydanceroutine.• I put my children through college doing it.• He put it through the same drill as the knife.• At the till, worried parents are putting through the week's shopping.• It has been 3 years in which my family were put through things they never ever deserved to be put through.• If anything appears urgent from an operationsstandpoint, put it through to him.throughthrough2 adjective1 →be through (with somebody/something)2 →through train3 →through road
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through• After eight minutes Thompson caught the Middlesbrough defencesquare with a through ball.• The main door stood wide open making a throughdraught.• Until 1987 there were two separate train ferry operations for throughfreight traffic between Britain and the continent, Dover-Dunkerque and Harwich-Zeebrugge.• It dripped like a slow percolation throughlimestone, so slow that she forgot it between drops.• There is now a throughrouteunderground between GapingGill and Ingleborough Cave but only for brave men.• He said the new 16.52 Middlesbrough to Darlington service was in fact a through train to Bishop Auckland.