verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- pusey, edward bouverie,
- pusey, nathan marsh,
- push about,
- push along,
- push around,
- push broom,
- push button
Origin of push
Examples from the Web for push
Instead, straighten your civic backbone and push back in clear conscience.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Doubling down on Schedule I is, at best, a deranged way to push Americans away from “medical,” and toward recreational, use.
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?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Slowly, two were opened up, and in 2010 the regional government opened all four Brogpa villages in a push for tourism.
Just then Mr. Blacksnake wedged his head in under the old log and began to push and wriggle harder than ever.Mother West Wind's Animal Friends|Thornton W. Burgess
The horses stopped and made no attempt to push against the ropes.Jack the Young Cowboy|George Bird Grinnell
Marston saw Wyndham run aft and push the Kroo from the wheel, but this was the last he saw clearly for sometime.Wyndham's Pal|Harold Bindloss
But just then Mrs. Ogilvie gave Helen Douglas so severe a push with her foot, that she stopped, and got very red.Daddy's Girl|L. T. Meade
If anyone should push through that protecting fringe of growth, he would be looking directly down on the two lads.The Secret Cache|E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
- (tr)to take undue risks, esp through overconfidence, thus risking failureto push one's luck
- (intr)to act overconfidently
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.