[ poosh ]
/ pʊʃ /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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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 formsout·push, verb (used with object)un·pushed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for push around
/ (pʊʃ) /
(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
C13: from Old French pousser, from Latin pulsāre, from pellere to drive
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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