verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of push
Synonyms for push
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
- (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.