Idioms

    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

1250–1300; Middle English pushen, poshen, posson (v.) < Middle French pousser, Old French po(u)lser < Latin pulsāre. See pulsate

Related forms

out·push, verb (used with object)un·pushed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for push around

push

/ (pʊʃ) /

verb


noun

Word Origin for push

C13: from Old French pousser, from Latin pulsāre, from pellere to drive
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Idioms and Phrases with push around

push around

Treat or threaten to treat roughly, bully, domineer, as in I won't let him push me around. [Colloquial; c. 1920]


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