durchsteigen

(durch (sep))

Meanings

1.
to climb through it/something
("durchsteigen durch" - Technically, it could mean that, but in reality, "durchklettern" will be the more idiomatic choice in relevant contexts.)
2.
to understand something
(A colloquial term for understanding a topic in theory. Think of a grammar rule for example. Typically used in contexts where you DON'T understand something.)

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Root: *steigh-

The core idea of this root was:

walking, striding upward

The most notable English relative is the noun stair,  but the root is also the origin of stickler, which originally was about putting on a base, and hemistich and stoichiometry.  Which are both words I had no clue about. The first one has something to do with poetry and the second one with chemistry, bit the common theme is “layering rows“. Kind of like stairs :).

In German, steigen and its relatives are the only members I could find.

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