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[poo sh-oh-ver]
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  1. Informal. anything done easily.
  2. Informal. an easily defeated person or team.
  3. Informal. a person who is easily persuaded, influenced, or seduced.
  4. Rocketry. a displacement in a horizontal direction of the trajectory of a missile or rocket.
  5. Aeronautics. push-down.
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Origin of pushover

1905–10, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase push over
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  • Of course, him having been places and seen and done things, I was a pushover for him.


    Richard F. Mann

  • But Frank Brooks wasn't full of knockout drops this time, and with a clear head he was no pushover.

    Deadly City

    Paul W. Fairman

British Dictionary definitions for pushover


noun informal
  1. something that is easily achieved or accomplished
  2. a person, team, etc, that is easily taken advantage of or defeated
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Word Origin and History for pushover


also push-over, 1900 of jobs or tasks; 1922 of persons (bad boxers and easy women), from push (v.) + over (adv.).

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