- 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
Synonyms for pushSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for pushassault, advance, offensive, drive, attack, thrust, effort, initiative, depress, force, propel, shove, launch, bump, shift, move, pressure, accelerate, nudge, press
Examples from the Web for push
Contemporary Examples of push
Instead, straighten your civic backbone and push back in clear conscience.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
In Afghanistan, there was a push to take back the southern province Helmand.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Doubling down on Schedule I is, at best, a deranged way to push Americans away from “medical,” and toward recreational, use.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
Slowly, two were opened up, and in 2010 the regional government opened all four Brogpa villages in a push for tourism.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
Historical Examples of push
At night when the room grows dark we push a button and there is light.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It's the last thing he did, and I'm going to push it through.Way of the Lawless
I hope we shall soon be able to push Lord Cornwallis in turn.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
"Get in then," said his father roughly, giving him a push with his foot.Weighed and Wanting
Come, you, Griggs and Red, and push that desk down a bit so that I can stand on it.Within the Law
- (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 for push
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.