- that pushes.
- enterprising; energetic.
- tactlessly or officiously aggressive; forward; intrusive.
Origin of pushing
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- 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 pushing
Youssef said the jailings are not only driving the community underground but pushing many to move abroad.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
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And U.S. lawmakers are pushing to involve China in any retaliation against the Sony hack.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
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The FBI did not immediately seem interested in pushing the matter, publicly anyway.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
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Your political allies are pushing for exemptions for pharmacists, doctors, and entire medical systems.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
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While his reputation has been tarnished, Shadman is pushing back.Special Forces’ $77M ‘Hustler’ Hits Back
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Mr Clayton was pushing me forward, and urging a dagger into my hand.
Pushing his plate to one side, Stineli's father put his cap on his head.Rico and Wiseli
And pushing, crowding, hugging the side of the stall, Mortimer fought his way to the girl.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Then, pushing his support before him, he struck out for the middle of the stream.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"Do you good," he insinuated, pushing the bottle gently over.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
- enterprising, resourceful, or aggressively ambitious
- impertinently self-assertive
- almost or nearly (a certain age, speed, etc)pushing fifty
- (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 pushing
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.