Definition of push in English:



  • 1[with object, usually with adverbial] Exert force on (someone or something) in order to move them away from oneself.

    ‘she pushed her glass towards him’
    [with object and complement] ‘Lydia pushed the door shut’
    [no object] ‘he pushed at the skylight, but it wouldn't budge’
    • ‘I slam the brakes and the force of the car pushes us toward the windshield.’
    • ‘When he was about to take Winston's hand I found myself blocking the way, gently pushing the distressed little boy behind me.’
    • ‘He felt sunshine on his face, but it was quickly torn away from him as a sack was ruthlessly shoved onto his head and he was pushed away.’
    • ‘Ryo stood to walk out of the house, but Kunshi moved toward him and pushed him back into a seat.’
    • ‘Then the mass of boys began pushing Hyrum down the street.’
    • ‘Immediately she was pushed away and the ground would have cushion her fall except that would have hurt, but she was cushion by a warm body instead.’
    • ‘With his leg Marcus pushed one of the boys off of him and then he took his arm and hit the other boy.’
    • ‘The boy who had pushed Jaime earlier was now walking with Gwion, gesturing wildly as his voice rose to new heights.’
    • ‘Embarassedly Kris pushed the older boy away, and tried to hide his blush.’
    • ‘He sat up, pushing the younger boy up as well, as he reached over to the table and grabbed a textbook.’
    • ‘I started pushing the people in front of me to get in the front also.’
    • ‘Lora, who was well under four feet tall, easily pushed the larger boy away and slipped into the room without a sound.’
    • ‘The guard announced, gently pushing the boy in front of him.’
    • ‘In one case the workers were pushed away by federal and military police squads.’
    • ‘She said in exasperation, pushing her way in front of them once again.’
    • ‘Rira managed to get in front of me and pushed the girl out of the way.’
    • ‘The winds pressed against my back and forced me upright, pushed me toward the side yard, then into the front.’
    • ‘Being the chivalrous idiot that I am, I kept pushing the person in front up, and the inevitable happened.’
    • ‘Akasha and Jessie were able to get threw because a large boy in front of them was pushing people out the way.’
    • ‘Another woman budded in, pushing her way in front of the group.’
    shove, thrust, propel, impel
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    1. 1.1Hold and exert force on (something) so as to cause it to move in front of one.
      ‘a woman was pushing a pram’
      • ‘Two young mums pushing their children in front of them walk along the narrow pavement by the pub as we stand watching the traffic.’
      • ‘I made my way around one defense man but skating between them and pushing the puck in front of me.’
      • ‘A few months ago, I was walking down the main street in my home town when two women in front, pushing their children in strollers, stopped dead on the pavement and started talking.’
      • ‘‘He started running away pushing the pushchair in front of him,’ said Mr Butterworth.’
      • ‘She glared and started pushing her cart in front of mine.’
      • ‘she asked, helping me into the wheelchair as she pushed the cart in front of me.’
      • ‘And wisely, unlike so many of her opponents, she had elected not to run with that stall on her back or push it in front of her on a trolley.’
      • ‘Gasping for air, I scramble towards the raft and, with my four bobbing companions, swim to the safety of the shore pushing the raft in front of us.’
      • ‘After a couple, you'll be ready to emulate Byron, who liked to swim across the Grand Canal pushing a candle in front of him.’
      • ‘As everyone looked to the door, a plump nurse appeared around the curtain pushing a cart in front of her.’
    2. 1.2[with adverbial]Move one's body or a part of it into a specified position with effort.
      ‘she pushed her hands into her pockets’
      • ‘It is a strong move in which you are pushing your lower body down into the ground and using the ground to enhance your resistance and stability.’
      • ‘Stand up slowly to a straight leg position, then push yourself on to your toes.’
      • ‘I pushed his nearly limp body up to a sitting position and got up from the couch.’
      • ‘His brown eyes lingered on her body, as she pushed herself against him.’
      • ‘How is hands slowly would grip my hips as we pushed our ever decaying bodies closer to each other as the night died young.’
      • ‘She drew close to him and pushed herself against his body, wrapping her arms around him.’
      • ‘When you push yourself, your body makes endorphins which give you a natural high.’
      • ‘So he pushed himself in an effort to get better every day, so he could start and be prepared for that first game.’
      • ‘He gently began pushing himself against her body, she frightful that he might fall on top of her.’
      • ‘She used what body parts she could to push herself into sitting position.’
      • ‘After a moment or two to focus his effort, he pushed himself away from the wall.’
      • ‘Bend your elbows so that your arms are at 90 degrees to your body, then push back up to the start position.’
      • ‘James grinned and pushed himself from his position with the muscles in his back.’
      • ‘I ease myself quietly from the entanglement of his body and push myself up into a sitting position.’
      • ‘She pushed herself against his body, against his chest where there was no heartbeat.’
    3. 1.3Press (a part of a machine or other device)
      ‘the lift boy pushed the button for the twentieth floor’
      • ‘Then I discovered I could keep my left leg elevated, whilst pushing the sewing machine pedal with my right foot.’
      • ‘They were instructed to quickly push one of two buttons depending on the arrow's direction.’
      • ‘Over the next few hours, I experiment with pushing the little attendant button occasionally to see if anyone cares, but they don't.’
      • ‘They have reached the elevator and he pushes the down button.’
      • ‘Cameron knelt down quickly, pushing one more button.’
      • ‘He laughed pushing the up button and the elevator doors swung open.’
      • ‘‘I want to hear,’ she said, pushing the small black button on the phone's cradle.’
      • ‘By pushing a few ATM buttons, they can transfer their cash directly into Citibank vaults.’
      • ‘She dementedly begins cackling as she pulls out an antenna and pushes a big red button.’
      • ‘Staff activate the alarms by pushing an easily accessible button.’
      • ‘He picked up the cell phone and turned it around, pushing a small gray button at the back which opened up a slot for the tape.’
      • ‘When everything was frozen in place again, he pushed the Unpause button.’
      • ‘She pushed a small blue button on the side of the device, and it lit up.’
      • ‘The size of a watch, the DRS device is activated by pushing the Panic Button or when the device senses you haven't moved around in a while.’
      • ‘Ally took the keys and pushed the unlock button on the keyless entry remote.’
      • ‘He picks up the presentation/computer remote and pushes the top left button.’
      • ‘She pushes the down button on the one next to it, hoping it would hurry up.’
      • ‘After pushing the last button a soft breeze washed over everyone and they all turned around to find its source.’
      • ‘The man in the coat turned around to his desk, pushing a big red button.’
      • ‘They walked silently to the elevator and Bridget pushed the down button.’
      push down, depress, exert pressure on, bear down on, hold down, squeeze
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    4. 1.4[with adverbial]Cause to reach a particular level or state.
      ‘competition in the retail sector will push down prices’
      ‘the political chaos could push the country into recession’
  • 2[no object, with adverbial] Move forward by using force to pass people or cause them to move aside.

    ‘she pushed her way through the crowded streets’
    ‘he pushed past an old woman in his haste’
    • ‘After pushing past him they passed through the curtains and suddenly were in a big, warmly lit room.’
    • ‘I even had to push aside a few nurses and their flag-waving kiddies because the protest moved too slowly and the market was nearly closing.’
    • ‘‘Oh Sam, stop being such a drama queen,’ Bryant rolled his eyes and moved to push past her to step into the house.’
    • ‘Forward ranks pushed back, darting past the elite guards at their backs as they fled for their own lines.’
    • ‘Teran made a move to push past Hayato, but found him unmoving.’
    • ‘The security forces were aggressive, pushing forward until an elderly demonstrator suffered a heart attack.’
    • ‘To chat to him your options are to push aside young, excited children, or rush to an enclosed area such as the corridor of staff toilets.’
    • ‘The soldier in the front, the one who I had cut, growled in rage as I passed and tried to push past Raman.’
    • ‘Mark jumped aside as Grace pushed past him and made a watch out kind of whistle.’
    • ‘Her male colleague approached and took hold of the defendant's arm but was hit in the arm and the other officer was pushed away, she said.’
    • ‘At once, the torch end erupted into flame, and he began to move forward, pushing roughly through the crowd.’
    • ‘shouted the boy suddenly, pushing the two ladies out of the way.’
    • ‘With more and more force, he pushed aside anyone that stood in his way, with his hands and soon with his blade.’
    • ‘Mihra moved, pushing past him, making for the entrance in the rock through which her guide had disappeared.’
    • ‘Then Sally was racing forward, pushing past the others, and diving head-first into the murky water.’
    • ‘He motioned for me to stay, then walked forward, pushed past his father and stepped into the study.’
    shove, thrust, squeeze, jostle, elbow, shoulder
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    1. 2.1(of an army) advance over territory.
      ‘the guerrillas have pushed south to within 100 miles of the capital’
      • ‘Right now, they were pushing through enemy territory in France.’
      • ‘Troops of the 101st, pushing deeper into Najaf, are greeted by cheering crowds.’
      • ‘Thereafter, Twenty-first Army Group pushed steadily towards the Rhine.’
      • ‘Ayutthaya pushed into Khmer territory and sacked the capital of Angkor.’
      • ‘With our nation at war, the Army is pushing toward more rapid, immediately relevant change in the Current and Future Force.’
      • ‘In the late autumn of 1950, UN forces pushed forward up the peninsula towards the Chinese border.’
      • ‘With the enemy reception proving nothing like they had anticipated, troops pushed inland.’
      • ‘It was now October 1917 and the Allied advance pushed towards a feature known as Broodseinde Ridge.’
      • ‘Israeli armour and infantry pushed into Jordan capturing the West Bank, deep into Sinai up to the Suez Canal and into the Golan Heights in Syria.’
      • ‘We must not weaken as we strike again and again, probing and pushing to exploit the enemy's vulnerabilities.’
      • ‘As the Union army pushed into the South, a young soldier from the south, but committed to the Union cause, was assigned guard duty.’
      • ‘The war began when colonists from Massachusetts Bay began pushing into territory claimed by these people.’
      • ‘All of the vehicles push through the kill zone as quickly as possible, advancing approximately 300 meters.’
      • ‘As the Elf army pushed forward, a sea of blood, bodies and gore was left behind.’
      • ‘Gaede's Army Detachment pushed forward into the French lines near Obersept on the 13th of February.’
      • ‘The Huddersfield Second Battalion, and the rest of the Regiment, were pushing down to the south in the next phase of attack.’
      • ‘By August 1944, the U.S. VI Corps landed in the south of France and began pushing to the northeast, Prieur said.’
      • ‘In January 1945 Montgomery's forces pushed forward to the Rhine.’
      • ‘In 1941 Germany pushed deep into Soviet territory, when the Soviet air-force hit back.’
      • ‘It is a third of the way to their destination, and the US army's 3rd Infantry Division is already pushing towards the city from further north.’
    2. 2.2Exert oneself to attain something or surpass others.
      ‘I was pushing hard until about 10 laps from the finish’
      • ‘With Montrose pushing hard for an equaliser and Peterhead admirably trying to double their tally, it was no surprise when the home side struck on the break after 75 minutes.’
      • ‘What they don't want is to lose their jobs and educational opportunities by pushing too hard at the restrictions their government has placed on their ability to speak.’
      • ‘A dancer is always trying to tough it out a little longer, hoping to earn a few more bucks, pushing just a little harder.’
      • ‘We're pushing very hard to get that to happen as soon as possible.’
      • ‘We were pushing hard to include the costs of the road-over-rail but the Government said it didn't want it to be included.’
      • ‘Coelho, who turned down an interview request, saying it might jeopardise his chance of election, has always rejected such assessments and is pushing hard for recognition.’
      • ‘He spent the lead-up to the G8 summit pushing hard for a deal on climate change, yet this deal caught Downing Street completely by surprise.’
      • ‘When there's no nation pushing hard, the UN drifts like a beachball.’
      • ‘I made a clean start from pole and was pushing really hard until the first pitstop when I saw how big the gap actually was.’
      • ‘Will he be pushing hard for hate crimes legislation?’
      • ‘The former young driver of the year finalist still has an outside chance of the Irish title this season and will be pushing hard to continue his winning ways on home soil.’
      • ‘They're pushing very hard for a conviction for murder.’
      • ‘Currently, the group is pushing hard to become highly cost efficient and has entered into processing arrangements with Gambia in order to create a highly competitive base.’
      • ‘It is the one he is pushing hardest, although he admits that no possible reorganization can keep up the current levels of service.’
      • ‘After that the car was so consistent the whole race that I was really able to push hard, until the last 15 laps.’
      • ‘The event, 54 holes of it anyway, was played on the Torrey Pines course near San Diego, which is pushing hard for a US Open in 2008.’
      • ‘He really wanted this and has been pushing hard for it.’
      • ‘The fact that lots of Wall Streeters will get rich racking up fees on these tiny accounts only serves to show why they're pushing so hard for it.’
      • ‘Six months ago they cautioned against being too aggressive on the corporate scandals; now they censure Democrats for not pushing harder.’
      • ‘With billions of dollars in foreign aid at stake, the United Nations, sponsors of the talks, were pushing hard for a conclusion yesterday.’
    3. 2.3informal Be nearly (a particular age or amount)
      ‘she must be pushing forty, but she's still a good looker’
      • ‘I was surprised to find out, however, that the boys are actually a bit older than myself (I'm pushing fifty).’
      • ‘I'm pushing forty, though forty seems to be doing most of the pushing.’
      roughly, about, around, just about, round about, or so, or thereabouts, more or less, in the neighbourhood of, in the region of, in the area of, in the vicinity of, of the order of, something like, in round numbers, rounded down, rounded up
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  • 3[with object] Compel or urge (someone) to do something, especially to work hard.

    ‘she believed he was pushing their daughter too hard’
    • ‘Tiburce always believed in me, and always pushed me to work hard.’
    • ‘But I have to say if he was available for Northern Ireland, I would be pushing him very hard.’
    • ‘Parents who push their children hard always focus on examples they like, successes such as Lang and Ding.’
    • ‘On the subject of fitness, Black rejected Dawson's claims that Henry had pushed the players too hard.’
    • ‘They were pushing me so hard I presumed I must have been in the top three.’
    • ‘I only remember one teacher pushing me to work harder on my academic pursuits.’
    • ‘Gus pushes me hard to not just automatically do everything the accepted way.’
    • ‘All of a sudden the public want journalists to get the truth out of him, and the public backs them when they push Howard hard.’
    • ‘Afraid of losing a big customer, Mo didn't push him too hard.’
    • ‘Significantly, she left her job as a schools coach amid allegations that she pushed the kids too hard.’
    • ‘He was only 6 then, and I felt they were just pushing the kids too hard.’
    • ‘That's why we'll push him hard to come around to the beliefs that mean the most to us.’
    • ‘Michael's father was a military man with a strong sense of order, and he pushed his sons hard in athletics.’
    • ‘The problem with that is that if you push a witness too hard too fast, they are going to take the Fifth Amendment or tell you to walk away.’
    • ‘Years of tests have pushed him hard physically and mentally.’
    • ‘Although she didn't do anything sporty, she always wants to do her job well and she pushed us quite hard to get the potential out of us.’
    • ‘I've been pushing her too hard, asking too much of her.’
    • ‘The need for Ottawa to push the U.S. harder to reopen the border to live cattle is a common refrain from producers across the country.’
    • ‘Do you think the government is trying to push voters even harder than it's pushed them already?’
    • ‘An unnamable urge was pushing me to drive harder, and for once, I didn't struggle to put words around it.’
    urge, press, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, force, drive, impel, coerce, nag
    assertive, thrusting, pushing, ambitious, driven, aggressive, forceful, forward, obtrusive, bold, brash, bumptious, arrogant, officious, bossy, presumptuous, full of oneself, self-assertive, overbearing, domineering, confident, overconfident, cocksure
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    1. 3.1[no object]Demand persistently.
      ‘the council continued to push for the better management of water resources’
      • ‘There have been calls for the council to try to push for a second railway station in the Swindon area.’
      • ‘He is the one who pushed for campaign spending limits in this race; he rather insisted on them.’
      • ‘They must now regroup and continue their push for promotion to the senior ranks.’
      • ‘Green campaigners are pushing for recycling facilities in Thundersley to be given an upgrade.’
      • ‘Their fall from grace appears to have levelled off and they are now pushing for promotion and ultimately a return to the top.’
      • ‘She was the founder and former director of both the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks electoral spending, and Public Campaign, which pushes for campaign finance reform.’
      • ‘Consumer campaigners have been pushing for a Europe-wide clothing size scale in a bid to make shopping easier.’
      • ‘So we should welcome and push for a leadership election campaign as soon as it's feasible.’
      • ‘I will continue to push for policies that put ordinary members first and fight for a rank and file strategy.’
      • ‘Mrs Beatty has contacted the town council to help her push for more road safety improvements.’
      • ‘He said the campaign group was still pushing for more controls on the manufacture and sale of fireworks.’
      • ‘Any campaign pushing for a name change has to begin with our own media, officials and the people on the street.’
      • ‘That party will continue to push for a softening of the law around cannabis.’
      • ‘Some union chiefs are pushing for campaigns focusing on how families will be affected.’
      • ‘The Green Party will continue to push for more attractive alternatives to the car and lorry.’
      • ‘York are pushing for the second promotion place after they sealed Poppleton's relegation.’
      • ‘They have a successful side pushing for promotion from the Third Division.’
      • ‘Campaigners at the school are still pushing for the decision to be halted until more information can be given to the members.’
      • ‘We also work with housing associations and will push for families to be evicted if they continue to misbehave.’
      • ‘Unions and safety campaigners have been pushing for the law to be extended.’
      demand, insist on, clamour for, ask for, call for, request, press for, campaign for, work for, lobby for, speak for, drum up support for, sponsor, urge, promote, advocate, recommend, champion, espouse
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    2. 3.2informal Have very little of something, especially time.
      ‘I'm a bit pushed for time at the moment’
    3. 3.3informal Find it difficult to achieve something.
      ‘he will be pushed to retain the title as his form this season has been below par’
  • 4informal [with object] Promote the use, sale, or acceptance of.

    ‘the company has been pushing a document management system’
    • ‘Public sympathy pushed the Sorbonne to promote her to her dead husband's professorship.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he mentioned that promotion activities that usually push up the sales figures had been stopped because of the strike.’
    • ‘Global sales have pushed Hyundai to seventh place, ahead of both Honda and Nissan.’
    • ‘Dr Dorothy Faulkner, an expert in the social and intellectual development of children, says that publicity about bad forms of play could be pushing up traditional toy sales.’
    • ‘He's pushed the Yell sale - which has been in limbo for years.’
    • ‘He thinks Sindi pushed Stuart into accepting and that he only said yes because he doesn't really trust her.’
    • ‘I know America keeps pushing Europe to accept Turkey.’
    • ‘One upcoming promotion will push the redesigned CNN Headline News to the local ad sales community.’
    • ‘Strong memory sales helped push AMD to a solid second quarter, the company reported today.’
    • ‘Froggatt has been using some of the cost savings to invest in a series of marketing campaigns, which appears to be pushing up profits and sales of some of S&N's core brands.’
    advertise, publicize, promote, give publicity to, bang the drum for, beat the drum for, popularize
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    1. 4.1Sell (a narcotic drug) illegally.
      ‘she was arrested for pushing hard drugs’
      • ‘But Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe said legalising cannabis would lead drug barons to push even more hard drugs.’
      • ‘Of these junk messages, half are pushing drugs, a fifth promote porn and another fifth promote cheap software.’
      • ‘Users should not be jailed, unless they were pushing others into the habit.’
      • ‘Police today declared war on drug dealers from London pushing cocaine, heroin and crack to children as young as 13.’
      • ‘Once cannabis is legalised, the dealers will be taken out of the equation and the risk of them pushing harder drugs and the availability of harder drugs to the cannabis smoker is eliminated.’
      • ‘Police sources said he had been arrested for pushing drugs.’
      • ‘One kind of crime the former drugs squad officer is determined to come down on heavily, he warned, is the pushing of illegal drugs.’
      • ‘As a result she ended up in the law courts for pushing drugs via her ever-popular soups and casseroles.’
      • ‘Their example has fostered the establishment of another woman to pushing drugs in another area and to prosper.’
      • ‘Cllr Wright said he was not an informer, but where drugs were concerned, he would have no problem informing on those pushing, selling and taking drugs.’
      • ‘Since they can't keep him in the designer sneakers he wants, young Marcus starts pushing drugs himself.’
      • ‘Ah, the shadowy evil dealer, pushing drugs outside the school gate.’
      • ‘We want to know who, what, where, when and if possible, how they know someone is pushing drugs.’
      • ‘They lie, rob, cheat, push hard drugs, intimidate innocent people and run protection rackets.’
      • ‘Side-effects and unforeseen deaths are part of the deal when you're pushing drugs.’
      • ‘While he adapts himself to life in the slums, he also finds out there is money to be made in black-marketing false passports, pushing drugs and doing countless other small jobs.’
  • 5Computing
    [with object] Prepare (a stack) to receive a piece of data on the top.

    1. 5.1Transfer (data) to the top of a stack.
  • 6Photography
    [with object] Develop (a film) so as to compensate for deliberate underexposure.

    ‘some films can be pushed during processing’


  • 1An act of pushing someone or something in order to move them away from oneself.

    ‘he closed the door with a push’
    • ‘With a gentle push from another locomotive from behind, Flying Scotsman broke through a banner declaring Railfest open to the sound of the City of York Pipe Band.’
    • ‘The Chinese are reportedly already a slight majority but new plans indicate a big push to move more settlers in.’
    • ‘There is a push now to move the drugs over the counter.’
    • ‘Mark said, giving her a small push through the door and closing it behind her.’
    • ‘The move follows a government push to recruit 3,000 matrons across the country as part of a major plan for the National Health Service.’
    • ‘He patted me on the back and gave me a slight push to the door as if I should do it right now.’
    • ‘Finally I gave him a push and slammed the door in front of his face.’
    • ‘The corporation is fighting a push by creditors to move the former energy trading giant's bankruptcy case from New York to its hometown of Houston.’
    • ‘Jess gave the door a slight push and it swung open.’
    • ‘There was a push, a punch and another blow then a complaint to the police.’
    • ‘If it means more critics or voters seeing films in the theater, it's a terrific outcome, even if the push behind the move is incredibly faulty.’
    • ‘Then he tried to push Alice away gently trying not to hurt her bruises from the previous night but she wouldn't move with his gentle push.’
    • ‘The move is the latest push by baseball to increase its marketing to younger fans - and make money along the way.’
    • ‘She sees the skin of her hand and pushes Neil out the door, ending the seduction for now.’
    • ‘Michaels shoved me into the backseat with a harsh push and slammed the door in my face, and I realized it has been a while since a cop has done that to me.’
    • ‘Spitz looked back at the wisecracking Kai and with a little push, Kai was knocked out again.’
    • ‘Just push open the door and walk straight up to the bar.’
    • ‘Not so much as a push - absolutely no physical contact - just words.’
    • ‘I pushed the handle down and gave a gentle push upon the door.’
    • ‘Instead, though, I gave Anna a little push, and they moved sideways to the locker beside me.’
    shove, thrust, ram, bump, knock, hit, jolt, butt, prod, poke, elbow, nudge, shoulder, jostle
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    1. 1.1An act of pressing a part of a machine or device.
      ‘the door locks at the push of a button’
      • ‘The rest push completely into the device and are ejected with a small eject button to the right of the slot.’
      • ‘With the push of a button, the narrow barrel of his device glowed and a beam of light issued from where blasts usually came.’
      • ‘In just 20 seconds, the fully automatic, insulated roof retracts at the push of a button - and back again should the weather turn.’
      • ‘You can make tactical heads-up navigational displays for your vehicles with the push of a button.’
      • ‘With a single push of a button, you can replay the last incoming transmission and up to 16 messages.’
      • ‘The push of a button should reconnect power automatically when power is restored.’
      • ‘And then, with a push of a single button, the drink will be concocted before his very eyes within a matter of seconds.’
      • ‘The work suggests a metal contraption, perhaps an explosive device that could be detonated with a push of the beige button.’
      • ‘With the push of a button the hatch swung open immediately reducing the million pigeons to just under a million with a wet feathery splat.’
      • ‘The computer is turned on by a long push of either button.’
      • ‘Information is limited to only that which is host often used and is accessible with only a few pushes of the button.’
      • ‘They had an automatic phone fitted in his office, preprogrammed to enable him to reach other numbers at the push of a single button.’
      • ‘Printing great quality images is now possible directly from the Gallery with just a few pushes of a button.’
      • ‘Two short pushes of a button enable the operator to direct the system manually, and zoom in on the strange object, which has almost vanished between the waves.’
      • ‘Go from the acoustic response of a baroque concert hall to that of a 10,000-seat arena or a gothic cathedral with the push of a button.’
      • ‘The air-taxi service's telephone number, programmed into Len's sat phone, is no more than the push of a memory button away.’
      • ‘The sound can usually be turned off by a button push.’
      • ‘The electric beds, which can be raised and lowered at the push of a button, will help give patients more control and independence.’
      • ‘This is handy, but the machine does not remove them with a push of the button - you have to do the prewash treatment yourself.’
      • ‘Then, with the push of a button, I erased the number from memory.’
  • 2A vigorous effort to do or obtain something.

    ‘many clubs are joining in the fund-raising push’
    ‘he determined to make one last push for success’
    • ‘It's part of a fundraising push that will also see an internationally renowned pianist play the £11,000 grand piano at Swindon's New College.’
    • ‘The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is revitalising its network of information points and is urging local shops, pubs and cafes to join in the promotion push.’
    • ‘The Lartigue Monorail Restoration project has started its final fundraising push at a special press briefing in Listowel.’
    • ‘The weekend's traffic effort from the Gardai was part of a national push to clamp down on dangerous and drunken driving.’
    • ‘A leading campaigner in the push to reopen Rochdale Canal has called on Rochdale Council to act swiftly to create a boatyard in Littleborough.’
    • ‘He noted that the TV station's ratings have responded to recent programming changes, and a strong push of promotion will help even more.’
    • ‘A series of events is also planned as part of the fund-raising push.’
    • ‘The nonpartisan effort, sponsored by a coalition of local groups, pushes registration at venues such as clubs and restaurants.’
    • ‘In an effort to maintain the push, Operation Impact has forged a partnership with Crimestoppers.’
    • ‘He says the decision would also complement the current push to regulate the labour hire industry and ensure employers did not use labour hire to undercut the award system.’
    • ‘They were amazing during our promotion push last season.’
    • ‘Jerry Gill is already looking forward to a promotion push with Cheltenham next season as he reckons their young bucks will be even better next term.’
    • ‘As reported in Monday's Evening Press, York Police have launched a new push to remove beggars from York's streets.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the triumph gave York their first double of the league campaign and it could yet prove crucial in both side's promotion pushes.’
    • ‘It attributes this growth to more affluent online shoppers, an ecommerce push by traditional retailers and the aggressive promotion of online stores.’
    • ‘Tindal Street Press gives the genre a push onto the bookshelves.’
    • ‘This push into music is the start of a daring effort to reinvent one of the world's best-known brands.’
    • ‘So was the long push to get the case before a jury worth the effort?’
    • ‘The push into the enterprise space makes sense.’
    • ‘That it continues to provide solace to readers long after the initial marketing push.’
    • ‘The visitors were denied a third goal on 69 minutes when Sills crashed a powerful volley into the roof of the net but his effort was ruled out for an innocuous push.’
    • ‘However, over the last month the manager has noticed a marked improvement in their standards and he now believes that his side are ready to embark on a serious promotion push.’
    • ‘The company's ambitious push to drive the brand upmarket risks hurting its existing premium marque, Audi.’
    1. 2.1A military attack in force.
      ‘the army was engaged in a push against guerrilla strongholds’
      • ‘It is the latest U.S. military push against the insurgency.’
      • ‘American forces then embarked on the long push to Tokyo.’
      • ‘The re-election of the president is expected to be followed in short order by a massive US military push into the desert city.’
      • ‘Once Morocco was secure, it served as a major base for U.S. bombers and as a logistics center for the push toward Tunisia and Sicily.’
      • ‘With the rapid push to Baghdad, our mission changed often, as did the CSB's task organization.’
      • ‘The push of the main group of forces should be directed at exploiting success and thwarting the enemy's attempts to restore its defenses.’
      • ‘The Allied forces co-ordinated a major push from the spring and, in April, the British pushed forward in the battle of Arras.’
      • ‘A Communist push from the highlands to the sea to cut South Vietnam in half and isolate Saigon appeared in the offing.’
      • ‘Now, all this comes on the heels of what was the deadliest attack here since the they ended their push, their offensive near the coast.’
      • ‘In Iraq, the military has launched another push against insurgents in the region where the rebellion continues to rage.’
      • ‘The Marines need a divisional push to seize Fallujah and they don't have the men.’
      • ‘We hit the targets at night in a final push against the terrorist's stronghold near the airport.’
      • ‘Now, these attacks come, as you say, amid day three of the military's latest push against insurgents in the western desert.’
      • ‘The Pentagon is making a serious push to pull US forces out of Balkans altogether.’
      • ‘The Biafran army then went on the offensive in a push towards Lagos.’
      • ‘Despite the military push, a rocket which was fired from Gaza landed in an open area of Israel's Negev Desert overnight, causing no damage or injuries.’
      • ‘The push to downsize the military and privatize functions means government contracts are a growth industry.’
      • ‘He was convinced that a major US military push into Najaf was not far away.’
      • ‘The allies had concentrated the bulk of their troops to the north in advance of the push towards Germany, and this had left the US forces at the Ardennes thinly spread.’
      • ‘It was too easy for some units we saw to take a final break before the big push into Iraq.’
      advance, drive, thrust, charge, attack, assault, onslaught, onrush, offensive, sortie, foray, raid, sally, invasion, incursion, blitz, campaign
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    2. 2.2[mass noun]Forcefulness and enterprise.
      ‘an investor with the necessary money and push’
      • ‘These men, who ‘do not let the grass grow under their feet’, are clearly all push and enterprise.’
      drive, initiative, enterprise, enthusiasm, eagerness, ambition, motivation, go, dynamism, energy, gusto, vigour, vitality, verve, fire, fervour
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    3. 2.3informal Something that is hard to achieve.
      ‘we're managing on our own but it's a push’


  • at a push

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

      ‘there's room for four people, or five 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You could use cottage cheese at a push, but sieve it really well, or the mix will end up lumpy.’
      • ‘Yes you can tap your feet to it, and at a push, sway your hips but there was no chance of being overwhelmed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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  • get (or give someone) the push (or shove)

    • 1informal Be dismissed (or dismiss someone) from a job.

      ‘four PR people at head office are getting the push’
      ‘it's hard to psych yourself up to get another job after you've been given the push’
      • ‘If he cannot back up such madness, and there isn't a hope in hell he will be able to, then Ladbrokes have to give him the shove.’
      • ‘John Smith, the £205,000 a year chief executive of the Post Office, is getting the push for not being ruthless enough.’
      • ‘This was compounded further when Ronnie Burns was given the shove, and headed to Adelaide to join national uber scapegoat-in-the-making Wayne Carey.’
      • ‘‘You've done as much as you can with the paper,’ declared Ken Cowley, the News Corp managing director, when he gave me the shove.’
      • ‘The luminescent bruises on that aggrieved ego are so obvious, the Professor can't help wondering if the column was penned within minutes of Farmer Phil learning that he was set to get the shove.’
      • ‘Eisner's position is not all that secure, and if his going was the difference between the renewal of the Pixar deal, or the loss of the Pixar deal, then conceivably the board might give him the shove.’
      • ‘What does John Tamihere have to do to get the push from Labour?’
      • ‘When Colonel Lourake came to visit me here, he gave me the push.’
      • ‘Yet the committee-bound European elite, with their ludicrous consensus-based politicking, will almost assuredly be unable to muster up the courage to give him the push.’
      • ‘They want pointy end fighters, and that is why DC got the shove from McLaren, and why I think Sir Frank Williams will give him the cold shoulder too.’
      throw out, remove, eject, expel, turn out, turf out, fling out, force out, drive out, evict, dislodge, oust
      dismiss, discharge
      chuck out, kick out, send packing, boot out, defenestrate, give someone the boot, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear, show someone the door, sack, fire, give someone the heave-ho, give someone the old heave-ho
      give someone the bum's rush
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      1. 1.1Be rejected in (or end) a relationship.
        • ‘As Gloria, his fiancée of five years who gets the push, Jessica Walker is a perfect screech, with a classic mother to match in Carol Wilson.’
        • ‘I just hoped Rebecca wouldn't give him the shove, like she does with most of the guys that showed interest in her.’
  • push at (or against) an open door

    • Have no difficulty in accomplishing a task.

      ‘if the management were to tackle this issue, it might find that it was pushing at an open door’
      • ‘I think you should see instead us as pushing at an open door.’
      • ‘Collecting signatures was like pushing at an open door.’
      • ‘It made us realise that we could win this game, even if to be honest, I think he was pushing at an open door.’
      • ‘He's pushing at an open door with plenty of voters in Braithwaite where the extent of the prejudice harboured by some towards the 10 per cent Asian population in the town is stark.’
      • ‘He should in some ways be pushing at an open door.’
      • ‘I think that you are pushing at an open door, when you talk about public service ethos, and there is a price tag that goes with that.’
      • ‘There was a sense in which the Party was pushing at an open door.’
      • ‘There is no doubt that those campaigning for the right-to-die push at an open door.’
      • ‘Chapman already planned to vote for him so the letter was pushing at an open door.’
      • ‘I understand Mr Leakey's concerns but as the club has committed to protect the genuine open space at the County Ground, he is pushing at an open door.’
  • push the boat out

    • Be lavish in one's spending or celebrations.

      ‘from fine wines to the delights of the theatre, this is your chance to push the boat out’
      • ‘‘The club pushed the boat out and got a real quality presentation for the players and staff,’ he said.’
      • ‘So there was much to celebrate last night as the airport pushed the boat out on a party which was called Over the Moon.’
      • ‘SEA cadets in Wootton Bassett will really be pushing the boat out next month to celebrate their silver jubilee.’
      • ‘We wanted to push the boat out and do something a bit special.’
      • ‘We are really pushing the boat out for having a library that's going to be proactive.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be pushing the boat out to say that chief among those ‘people’ would have been John Hartson.’
      • ‘You could add a good handful of ordinary basil if you're pushing the boat out.’
      • ‘Parents of a profoundly deaf girl are pushing the boat out to say thank you to a Bradford charity.’
      • ‘Helen said the family had pushed the boat out for Emma's special day, which started with champagne and strawberries.’
      • ‘If you feel like really pushing the boat out, you could consider whisking mum away for a much deserved holiday.’
      • ‘Il Caffe is the best place for people-watching, and if you're pushing the boat out for dinner, L' Incontro, at the Academia side of the square, is hard to beat.’
      • ‘If you're pushing the boat out, the sprawling Penfolds Grange room has its own gym, a two-person shower, twin free-standing baths and its own mini-wine cellar.’
      • ‘This has been the consequence of the club pushing the boat out to recruit summer signings such as Steve Fulton, Greg Shields and Barry McLaughlin, all to the fore in the recent form upturn.’
      • ‘It's going to be tough to get it through before July, but I hope they see the situation has arisen and push the boat out to get it through.’
      • ‘Barnoldswick witnessed a spectacular organised display last Sunday pushing the boat out with a breathtaking show.’
      • ‘Festival committee chairman John Norman said: ‘Get on board and push the boat out at Festival Five.’’
      • ‘Players are very expensive and the board have pushed the boat out.’
      • ‘Anyone wishing to push the boat out could add mushrooms, tomato, black pudding and hash browns to make up the ‘Full’ at £3.95.’
      • ‘But it's in his determination that his actors should improvise and ad lib on camera that Pawlikowski pushes the boat out.’
      be extravagant, go on a spending spree, splash out, splurge, spare no expense, spend lavishly, spend a lot of money
      lash out, go mad, go on a shopping binge, indulge in some retail therapy
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  • push someone's buttons

  • be pushing up the daisies

  • push one's luck

    • informal Take a risk on the assumption that one will continue to be successful or in favour.

      ‘he had pushed his luck too far, and his smuggling was discovered’
      • ‘Your parents have agreed to let you go for the party, don't push your luck by asking them to let you stay late.’
      • ‘As Brendan was leaving the church, and by this time definitely pushing his luck, he spoke to the priest who had officiated at the service.’
      • ‘Sure it was a risk to be pushing his luck so soon, but he was having a great time with Krystal and dreaded the fact that their evening would be coming to an end.’
      • ‘He was basically pushing his luck, but seemed unaware of it.’
      • ‘The tradition ended abruptly when he pushed his luck too far and alienated the avowedly nationalist group by telling them that they must support the principles of unionism.’
      • ‘The wild cards afford you the luxury of being able to push your luck with no risk.’
      • ‘He must always be out there, pushing his luck, trying new things, taking a carefully calculated risk.’
      • ‘‘You could be great, along with my help,’ he continued, pushing his luck.’
      • ‘On the other hand, you are pushing your luck if you try to pull off heroic endurance feats every day.’
      • ‘Those girls pushed their luck though when they suggested we might feel more comfortable someplace quieter.’
  • when push comes to shove

    • informal When one must commit oneself to an action or decision.

      ‘when push came to shove, I always stood up for him’
      • ‘But, two, I think it really helped when push comes to shove.’
      • ‘But when push comes to shove, he sold out to preserve his place in the party, and all for a man whose campaign attacked his family to score political points only 4 years ago.’
      • ‘I think when push comes to shove, the young people of the United States will react the same as generations before them.’
      • ‘Is it possible you're totally wrong about North Korea, that the country is in such terrible shape that when push comes to shove, its military is going to turn out to be in just that kind of shape as well?’
      • ‘But I think, when push comes to shove, he'll be there with us.’
      • ‘They sometimes say they are, but in fact when push comes to shove, they are no more interested in the weaker clubs than they are in clubs that are not in Victoria.’
      • ‘While we'll work as a team, ultimately, when push comes to shove, Michael will have the final say.’
      • ‘But when push comes to shove, my greatest enjoyment can be summed up in one word: shopping.’
      • ‘The good characters are decidedly saintly, and the bad guys aren't really all that bad when push comes to shove.’
      • ‘But again, I've got to think when push comes to shove, he won't do it.’
      eventually, in the end, in the long run, at length, finally, sooner or later, in time, in the fullness of time, after some time, in the final analysis, when all is said and done, one day, some day, sometime, at last, at long last
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Phrasal Verbs

  • push ahead

    • Proceed with or continue a course of action.

      ‘he promised to push ahead with economic reform’
      • ‘She questioned the wisdom of the U.S. pushing ahead with a programme for which there is little or no scientific basis that it will be successful and which would be astronomically expensive.’
      • ‘As for the future, En Foco will continue to push ahead with more emphasis on the journal.’
      • ‘But with China pushing ahead with development on its side, and near the border, Japan worries that the resources on its side will be affected.’
      • ‘He said that it was important to establish a new use for the site quickly, but this would not inhibit the council from pushing ahead with plans to help the 260 Thrall workers find new jobs.’
      • ‘Now the Food Standards Agency Scotland is pushing ahead with legislation that will force manufacturers to disclose any traces of the most dangerous dozen ingredients of food.’
      • ‘Coca-Cola continues to push ahead with the establishment of more local bottling plants.’
      • ‘Since then the Town has continued to push ahead with the project on its own.’
      • ‘The county council is pushing ahead with plans to introduce by-laws increasing the speed limit on its section of the same road from 80 kmph to 100 kmph.’
      • ‘Instead of pushing ahead with a compulsory scheme in the short term, the Government will introduce draft legislation in the Queen's speech this month as the first step towards a voluntary system.’
      • ‘The Scottish Executive, however, attracted the bulk of criticism for increasing stress on teachers by pushing ahead with a policy of reducing the number of pupils being excluded from school.’
  • push along

    • Go away; depart.

  • push someone around (or about)

    • Treat someone roughly or inconsiderately.

      ‘he was annoyed by their arrogance in thinking they could push him around whenever they wished’
      • ‘Nobody has succeeded in pushing me around before and now I'm even freer and in a better position to do my best for Bradley ward and Nelson.’
      • ‘It means that part of what you should develop about your life is not letting people push you around.’
      • ‘Sing along, now dad, dad, why did you let that man push you around like that?’
      • ‘All those years he made fun of me, bullied me, pushed me around, I think that it was his cry for help.’
      • ‘Maura pushed her around, Dinah had pushed her around, Chase pushed her around, everyone pushed her around, but Piper was going to stand up her decision this time.’
      • ‘Everyone pushes us around, but the minute we get just a little bit of power, we exercise it to the fullest without prudence or thoughts on what it is doing to us in the bigger picture.’
      • ‘They are going to push you around as much as a big corporate client.’
      • ‘Nobody is pushing us around or has ever pushed us around on West Indian wickets.’
      • ‘It appears that perhaps unconsciously you are attracting partners who push you around and treat you badly because at a deeper level you may still carry negative belief patterns from your childhood.’
      • ‘You must hold your head up high and not allow those bullies to push you around.’
      bully, domineer, boss about, boss around, ride roughshod over, trample on, tread on, bulldoze, abuse, mistreat, maltreat, kick about, kick around, browbeat, lean on, tyrannize, intimidate, threaten, torment, terrorize, victimize, pick on
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  • push in

    • Go in front of people who are already queuing.

      ‘they scowled at him because they thought he was trying to push in at the head of the queue’
      • ‘You find yourself rubbing shoulders with some household names and being a little in awe of the whole thing, but by about day three you don't care who you're pushing in front of in the canteen queue.’
      • ‘Seething with suppressed fury when someone cuts you up in traffic or pushes in front of you in a shop queue is a sure way to develop a raging headache, says a US researcher.’
      • ‘The woman pushed in front of her daughter until she was face to face with Isabelle.’
      • ‘Was it a war against French and Dutch skiers trying to push in front of you in the queues for lifts?’
      • ‘To start with, I was quite offended by people pushing in front of me as if I didn't exist.’
      • ‘It seems that while I have been happily queuing, others have been pushing in and sneaking ahead.’
      • ‘Please, no pushing in the queue, we are all civilised and cultured people, your turn too shall come.’
      • ‘I have also witnessed the elderly pushing in the queue for the bus at the interchange, but if children dare do this, they get a mouthful of abuse.’
      • ‘I myself hate getting on the train and always stand at the back as I watch people get pushed in front of and people darting in-between people.’
      • ‘She then pushed in front of me in the queue, demanded a discount and got it.’
  • push off

    • 1Use an oar, boathook, etc. to exert pressure so as to move a boat out from a bank.

      ‘we pushed off and rowed out into midstream’
      • ‘Push the ball behind your back toward your left hand as you push off your right foot to start moving to your left.’
      • ‘The water was shallow enough, and the bottom varied enough, that they often touched up against a rock of bit of sandbar, and when they did, they reacted instantly, pushing off against it to move laterally.’
      • ‘But when he tried to push off the block to get moving again, the block slid across the floor too.’
      • ‘Come right up to the bank to let her out, push off and be back again as soon as she was.’
      • ‘Shapovalov pushes off for Ukraine in the men's four repechage.’
      • ‘She too had got possession of an oar, and had pushed off, so as to release the boat from the overhanging window-frame.’
      • ‘Once in the boat she ‘gets possession of an oar’ and pushes off.’
      • ‘Finally, it did, and though the orders that followed were to return to ship, a squall blew up and the boats could not push off.’
      • ‘They pushed off the shore, rowing through the ice of the wide Delaware.’
      • ‘He helped me into the boat, then pushed off and jumped in himself.’
    • 2Go away.

      ‘I've got to push off and get to work’
      go away, depart, leave, take oneself off, take off, get out, get out of my sight
      go, go your way, get going, get moving, be off, take your leave, decamp, absent yourself
      be off with you, shoo
      hit the road, fly, skedaddle, split, vamoose, scat, scram, make yourself scarce, be on your way, run along, beat it, get, get lost, shove off, buzz off, clear off, skip off, pop off, go jump in the lake, go and jump in the lake
      on your bike, go and chase yourself
      get stuffed, sling your hook, hop it, bog off, naff off
      bug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hike
      rack off, nick off
      voetsak, hamba
      bugger off, piss off, fuck off
      sod off
      begone, avaunt
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  • push on

    • Continue on a journey.

      ‘the light was already fading, but she pushed on’
      • ‘Pace yourself with a pause at a cafe, in a square or park, before pushing on.’
      • ‘They advanced some two to three miles to a roundabout Capt Cosby described as the gates of the city before pushing on.’
      • ‘By now, both were very fatigued, but they both pushed on.’
      • ‘We acclimatise with two nights in Namche before pushing on.’
      • ‘It would be a lovely journey, so people kept pushing on.’
      • ‘The pair pushed on first to Lion-sur-Mer, then Hermanville-sur-Mer, before they set up their station in Caen.’
      • ‘After a week and a half of catching up on sleep and drinking enough wine to prop up the economy, we begin thinking about pushing on to the island of Faial.’
      • ‘Two gunmen were arrested and, as heavy fire could still be heard ahead, Major Hollister pushed on with just two of his men.’
      • ‘A short photo stop soon cooled us down, before we pushed on up the hill carrying the weighty bags of tackle and camera gear.’
      • ‘The middle westerner pushes on, endures, and finally finds a place that looks like home.’
      continue one's journey, continue on one's way, carry on, advance, press on, progress, make progress, proceed, go on, make headway, gain ground, push forward, forge ahead, go ahead
      resume one's journey, start off again
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  • push something through

    • Get a proposed measure completed or accepted quickly.

      ‘the government is trying to push through a package of measures to combat organized crime’
      • ‘More than 100 of the party's MPs have signed motions criticising the government's plans and he faces a bruising battle to push the measure through the Commons.’
      • ‘The company strategy is about teamwork and pushing good ideas through the system as quickly as possible, with superior dedication from all divisions within the company.’
      • ‘But in the years ahead, as the fiscal squeeze tightens, the sense that some politicians took advantage of our trauma to push this measure through will not help our new-found sense of national unity.’
      • ‘She's really focussed on looking outwards rather than inward and she's prepared to push innovative measures through the Scottish parliament.’
      • ‘Abbott's package was the government's third attempt in a year to push its measures through parliament.’
      • ‘Surely a chicane system should be considered before the proposed measures are pushed through.’
      • ‘If justice can be done, I have no objections - and provided the defence have got time to prepare a proper defence and the cases are not pushed through too quickly.’
      • ‘In part, school-to-work manifests itself as a desire to push students through universities and colleges quickly, to train rather than educate them.’
      • ‘Local authorities are creating problems for themselves in trying to push such ventures through so quickly.’
      • ‘Indeed, these laws have been pushed through as silently and quickly as possible precisely so as to avoid such a discussion.’


Middle English (as a verb): from Old French pousser, from Latin pulsare to push, beat, pulse (see pulse). The early sense was ‘exert force on’, giving rise later to ‘make a strenuous effort, endeavour’.