Idioms for push

    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


out·push, verb (used with object)un·pushed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for push on (1 of 2)

push on


(intr, adverb) to resume one's course; carry on one's way steadily; press on

British Dictionary definitions for push on (2 of 2)

/ (pʊʃ) /



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 on

push on


Also, press on. Continue or proceed along one's way, as in The path was barely visible, but we pushed on, or It's time to push on to the next item on the agenda. [Early 1700s]


push something on someone. Thrust something on someone for acceptance or attention, as in She's always pushing second helpings on her guests. [Early 1700s]

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