Definition of at a push in English:

at a push


  • If absolutely necessary; only with a certain degree of difficulty.

    ‘there's room for four people, or five at a push’
    • ‘Someone could say to me that Scott Brown, pictured, can play right wing and, at a push, centre-forward.’
    • ‘Not making the link depend on a central server or need special software, ie hand-decodable at a push.’
    • ‘Or if you can't make you own notes photocopy your mates or at a push ask the teacher to go over it one lunchtime for you.’
    • ‘They fit a good 10 to 12 tracks into a set that can't be much over 20 minutes - all of which are raucous, thrashy and comprised of two powerchords - maybe three at a push.’
    • ‘Rear passenger space is a bit on the small side, almost making this a two-seater, but you could shoehorn in a couple of adults at a push.’
    • ‘Every single person I know can make fancy stuff like Thai green curry or at a push, stuffed peppers.’
    • ‘Yes you can tap your feet to it, and at a push, sway your hips but there was no chance of being overwhelmed.’
    • ‘I can say, for example, that it tends to form chemical bonds to five other atoms at a time, but can tolerate fewer and, at a push, more.’
    • ‘You could use cottage cheese at a push, but sieve it really well, or the mix will end up lumpy.’
    • ‘In the past it was a lot simpler - you'd reach a certain age - somewhere between 22 and, at a push, 35-and you'd freeze dry your record collection, stop going to gigs and, certainly, stop reading music papers.’
    if necessary, in case of necessity, if need be, if needs must, if forced, if all else fails, in an emergency
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