press

1
[ pres ]
/ prɛs /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Idioms

    go to press, to begin being printed: The last edition has gone to press.
    press the flesh, Informal. flesh(def 24).

Origin of press

1
1175–1225; (noun) Middle English press(e) throng, company, trouble, machine for pressing, clothespress < Old French, derivative of presser to press < Latin pressāre, frequentative of premere (past participle pressus) to press (compare rare Old English press clothespress < Medieval Latin pressa, noun use of feminine of pressus); (v.) Middle English pressen (< Old French presser) < Latin pressāre, as above

SYNONYMS FOR press

Related forms

press·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bad-press (1 of 2)

press

1
/ (prɛs) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for press

C14 pressen, from Old French presser, from Latin pressāre, from premere to press

British Dictionary definitions for bad-press (2 of 2)

press

2
/ (prɛs) /

verb (tr)

to recruit (men) by forcible measures for military service
to use for a purpose other than intended, (esp in the phrase press into service)

noun

recruitment into military service by forcible measures, as by a press gang

Word Origin for press

C16: back formation from prest to recruit soldiers; see prest ²; also influenced by press 1
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Idioms and Phrases with bad-press

press


In addition to the idioms beginning with press

  • pressed for time
  • press into service
  • press on
  • press one's luck
  • press the flesh

also see:

  • hard pressed
  • hot off the press
  • push (press) one's luck
  • push (press) someone's buttons

Also see underpush.

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