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 off (1 of 2)

push off

verb (adverb)

Also: push out to move into open water, as by being cast off from a mooring
(intr) informal to go away; leave

British Dictionary definitions for push off (2 of 2)

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 off

push off

Also, shove off. Leave, set out, depart, as in The patrol pushed off before dawn, or It's time to shove off. This usage alludes to the literal meaning of a person in a boat pushing against the bank or dock to move away from the shore. [Colloquial; early 1900s]


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