- to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.
- to move (something) in a specified way by exerting force; shove; drive: to push something aside; to push the door open.
- to effect or accomplish by thrusting obstacles aside: to push one's way through the crowd.
- to cause to extend or project; thrust.
- to press or urge to some action or course: His mother pushed him to get a job.
- to press (an action, proposal, etc.) with energy and insistence: to push a bill through Congress.
- to carry (an action or thing) toward a conclusion or extreme: She pushed the project to completion.
- to press the adoption, use, sale, etc., of: to push inferior merchandise on customers.
- to press or bear hard upon, as in dealings with someone: The prosecutor pushed him for an answer.
- to put into difficulties because of the lack of something specified (usually followed by for): to be pushed for time.
- Slang. to peddle (illicit drugs).
- Informal. to be approaching a specific age, speed, or the like: The maestro is pushing ninety-two.
- Photography. to modify (film processing) to compensate for underexposure.
- to exert a thrusting force upon something.
- to use steady force in moving a thing away; shove.
- to make one's way with effort or persistence, as against difficulty or opposition.
- to extend or project; thrust: The point of land pushed far out into the sea.
- to put forth vigorous or persistent efforts.
- Slang. to sell illicit drugs.
- to move on being pushed: a swinging door that pushes easily.
- the act of pushing; a shove or thrust.
- a contrivance or part to be pushed in order to operate a mechanism.
- a vigorous onset or effort.
- a determined advance against opposition, obstacles, etc.
- a vigorous and determined military attack or campaign: The big push began in April.
- the pressure of circumstances, activities, etc.
- Informal. persevering energy; enterprise.
- Informal. a crowd or company of people.
- British. dismissal from a job; sack.
- Australian Slang. a gang of hoodlums.
- push around, to treat contemptuously and unfairly; bully: She's not the kind of person who can be pushed around.
- push off, Informal. to go away; depart: We stopped at Denver for the night and were ready to push off again the following morning.
- push on, to press forward; continue; proceed: The pioneers, despite overwhelming obstacles, pushed on across the plains.
- push one's luck. luck(def 12).
- when/if push comes to shove, when or if matters are ultimately confronted or resolved; when or if a problem must be faced; in a crucial situation: If push comes to shove, the government will impose quotas on imports.
Origin of push
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Examples from the Web for pushed
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They have pushed into just about every other corner of the Caribbean and Central America where airports exist.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
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Add in additional demand, as with a surgical procedure, and the body is pushed to its very limits.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery
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The tough African-French girls living in the projects in Girlhood have been abused and pushed out of the system.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
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He threw himself against the rock and pushed with all the strength he could command.Brave and Bold
Kennedy and I pushed along slowly with the main lot of horses.Explorations in Australia
It was pushed to, but not locked, and had no fastening upon it except the lock, in which was the key.
Others came in from the street and were pushed up by those who came behind them.
The boy's hand had come upon a latch; he lifted it, and pushed.
- (often foll by for) informal short (of) or in need (of time, money, etc)
- (when tr, often foll by off, away, etc) to apply steady force to (something) in order to move it
- to thrust (one's way) through something, such as a crowd, by force
- (when intr, often foll by for) to apply oneself vigorously (to achieving a task, plan, etc)
- (tr) to encourage or urge (a person) to some action, decision, etc
- (when intr, often foll by for) to be an advocate or promoter (of)to push for acceptance of one's theories
- (tr) to use one's influence to help (a person)to push one's own candidate
- to bear upon (oneself or another person) in order to achieve more effort, better results, etcshe was a woman who liked to push her husband
- (tr)to take undue risks, esp through overconfidence, thus risking failureto push one's luck
- (intr)to act overconfidently
- sport to hit (a ball) with a stiff pushing stroke
- (tr) informal to sell (narcotic drugs) illegally
- (intr; foll by out, into, etc) (esp of geographical features) to reach or extendthe cliffs pushed out to the sea
- (tr) to overdevelop (a photographic film), usually by the equivalent of up to two stops, to compensate for underexposure or increase contrast
- push up daisies or push up the daisies slang to be dead and buried
- the act of pushing; thrust
- a part or device that is pressed to operate some mechanism
- informal ambitious or enterprising drive, energy, etc
- informal a special effort or attempt to advance, as of an army in a warto make a push
- informal a number of people gathered in one place, such as at a party
- Australian slang a group or gang, esp one considered to be a clique
- sport a stiff pushing stroke
- at a push informal with difficulty; only just
- the push informal, mainly British dismissal, esp from employment
- when push comes to shove informal when matters become critical; when a decision needs to be made
Word Origin and History for pushed
early 14c., from Old French poulser (Modern French pousser), from Latin pulsare "to beat, strike, push," frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) "to push, drive, beat" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "promote" is from 1714; meaning "approach a certain age" is from 1937. For palatization of -s-, OED compares brush (n.1); quash. Related: Pushed; pushing.
"Pushing up the daisies now," said a soldier of his dead comrade. ["The American Florist," vol. XLVIII, No. 1504, March 31, 1917]
To push (someone) around is from 1923. To push (one's) luck is from 1754. To push the envelope in figurative sense is late 1980s. To push up daisies "be dead and buried" is from World War I.
1560s, from push (v.). Phrase push comes to shove is from 1936.