[poo sh] /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 ; 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.
push one’s 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.
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)
(transitive) 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
(transitive) 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, etc: she was a woman who liked to push her husband
(sport) to hit (a ball) with a stiff pushing stroke
(transitive) (informal) to sell (narcotic drugs) illegally
(intransitive; foll by out, into, etc) (esp of geographical features) to reach or extend: the cliffs pushed out to the sea
(transitive) to overdevelop (a photographic film), usually by the equivalent of up to two stops, to compensate for underexposure or increase contrast
(slang) push up daisies, push up the daisies, 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 war: to make a push
(informal) a number of people gathered in one place, such as at a party
(Austral, slang) a group or gang, esp one considered to be a clique
(sport) a stiff pushing stroke
(informal) at a push, with difficulty; only just
(informal, mainly Brit) the push, dismissal, esp from employment
(informal) when push comes to shove, when matters become critical; when a decision needs to be made
early 14c., from Old French poulser (Modern French pousser), from Latin pulsare “to beat, strike, push,” frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) “to push, drive, beat” (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning “promote” is from 1714; meaning “approach a certain age” is from 1937. For palatization of -s-, OED compares brush (n.1); quash. Related: Pushed; pushing.
“Pushing up the daisies now,” said a soldier of his dead comrade. [“The American Florist,” vol. XLVIII, No. 1504, March 31, 1917]
To push (someone) around is from 1923. To push (one’s) luck is from 1754. To push the envelope in figurative sense is late 1980s. To push up daisies “be dead and buried” is from World War I.
1560s, from push (v.). Phrase push comes to shove is from 1936.
1. To put something onto a stack or pdl.
2. push media.
People United to Serve Humanity
- Push a button
verb phrase To provoke a response; reach one’s feelings; hit a ”hot button”: Don’t push my button. I haven’t exactly been behind him, pushing and clapping/ The issue of domestic disputes pushes buttons, summons up personal emotions (1980s+)
- Push along
verb 1. (intransitive, adverb) (informal) to go away
- Push a pen
verb phrase To do office work: Why should I want to push a pen in an office? (1911+)
[poo sh-bak] /ˈpʊʃˌbæk/ noun 1. a mechanism that forces an object backward. 2. opposition or resistance to a plan. 3. the forcing of an enemy to withdraw.