Trying to achieve a particular task, often with difficulty.

Etymology:

  • Originally based on a Thanksgiving poem written by Lydia Maria Child, this phrase was eventually turned into one of the many various Christmas carols and then soon developed its own meaning in the English lexicon. See the Wikipedia article for more information.
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Additional definitions for 'over the river and through the woods':

over the river and through the woodsUsed other than as an idiom: see over, the, river, and, through, the, woods.
over the river and through the woodsTo be lost.(idiomatic, figuratively) To lose one's mind.
over the river and through the woodsTo lose one's mind.
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नदी के ऊपर और जंगल के माध्यम से

ನದಿಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಡಿನ ಮೂಲಕ

over elven og gjennom skogen

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