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pusher

[poo sh-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that pushes.
  2. Slang. a peddler of illegal drugs.
  3. Aeronautics. an airplane that is driven by pusher propellers.
  4. Nautical. one of the masts abaft the mizzen on a sailing vessel having more than three masts, either the sixth or seventh from forward.Compare driver(def 10b), spanker(def 1b).
  5. Railroads. a helper attached to the rear of a train, usually to provide extra power for climbing a steep grade.
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Origin of pusher

First recorded in 1585–95; push + -er1
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Examples from the Web for pusher

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  • His name should be "Pusher," "Advance Man," or something of that sort, and not artist.

    Adventures in the Arts

    Marsden Hartley

  • The girl, who had paused when he did, leaned on the pusher of her go-cart, studying him calmly.

    The Dust Flower

    Basil King

  • At the rear the "pusher off" half reclined, graceful and nonchalant.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde

    Stewart Edward White

  • As a rule, all that a "pusher" or distributor can tell is where he got the bad money.

    The Barrel Mystery

    William J. (William James) Flynn

  • Barry, the "pusher" (under foreman), waved his outstretched hand.


British Dictionary definitions for pusher

pusher

noun
  1. informal a person who sells illegal drugs, esp narcotics such as heroin and morphine
  2. informal an actively or aggressively ambitious person
    1. a type of aircraft propeller placed behind the engine
    2. a type of aircraft using such a propeller
  3. a person or thing that pushes
  4. British a rakelike implement used by small children to push food onto a spoon
  5. Australian the usual name for pushchair
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Word Origin and History for pusher

n.

1590s in a literal sense, agent noun from push (v.). Meaning "peddler of illegal drugs" (1935 in prison slang) is from the verb in the "promote" sense.

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