This is an example from the Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary:

He thrust his dagger home [up to the hilt] into the man's chest.

What is the grammar behind this verb form of 通る? Is this a fixed expression?

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in meaning, is equal to:


「通れ」 is the [命令形]{めいれいけい} (imperative form) the of the verb 「通る」.

「柄も通れ」 is what the guy thought to himself as he stabbed the other guy. He wanted to stab deep. = "Let even the hilt go through!"

This is no fixed expression, but you will keep seeing the structure:

「Verb A in imperative + と + Verb phrase B」=

"(Someone) did (Verb B) thinking/saying/praying, etc. 'Let (Verb A) happen!'"

Needless to say, 「と」 is the quotative particle. 

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