filter through

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See: pervade
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In time, of course, the idea would filter through their thick skulls, but in the meanwhile many things might happen--the blacks might return in force to regain their village; the whites might readily pick them all off with their rifles from the surrounding trees; he might even starve to death before the dull-witted apes realized that he wished them to gnaw through his bonds.
she said; and this time it did filter through into his disordered mind that all was not well.
I might just as well not establish an out-post if a man can filter through whenever he pleases.