Grammar Patterns

V way prep/adv

The 'thread' group

These verbs are concerned with moving carefully or avoiding obstacles, either physically or metaphorically. The verbs in this group which most frequently have this pattern are feel, pick, and thread.
He edged his way along a beam high up in the barn.
The Tories came so near to extinction here in Scotland that they are feeling their way back gingerly.
She reached the bottom of the stairs and, with her back pressed against the wall, inched her way towards the captain's cabin at the end of the corridor.
He threaded his way among the desks that cluttered the office area.
  • dodge
  • ease
  • edge
  • feel
  • grope
  • inch
  • manoeuvre
  • navigate
  • nose
  • pick
  • prize
  • sidestep
  • squeeze
  • steer
  • thread
  • twist
  • weave
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