Nearby words

  1. pusey,
  2. pusey, edward bouverie,
  3. pusey, nathan marsh,
  4. puseyism,
  5. puseyite,
  6. push about,
  7. push along,
  8. push around,
  9. push broom,
  10. push button


    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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pushed


/ (pʊʃt) /


(often foll by for) informal short (of) or in need (of time, money, etc)


/ (pʊʃ) /



Word Origin for push

C13: from Old French pousser, from Latin pulsāre, from pellere to drive

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Word Origin and History for pushed
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