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    What does 'put your foot through it' mean?

    This long sentence is taken from Thoreau's WALDEN. I wonder what 'put your foot through it' mean, 'walk across the ice' or 'put your foot on the ice so that it caves in and then your foot gets to the water under the ice' or anything else?


    As the weather grew warmer it was not sensibly worn
    away by the water, nor broken up and floated off as in rivers, but,
    though it was completely melted for half a rod in width about the
    shore, the middle was merely honeycombed and saturated with
    water, so that you could put your foot through it when six inches
    thick; but by the next day evening, perhaps, after a warm rain
    followed by fog, it would have wholly disappeared, all gone off
    with the fog, spirited away.

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    Re: What does 'put your foot through it' mean?

    It's literal. You could put your foot through the ice. Step on it and your foot would break the ice and go into the water.

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