One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘They pushed off the shore, rowing through the ice of the wide Delaware.’
- ‘Shapovalov pushes off for Ukraine in the men's four repechage.’
- ‘Push the ball behind your back toward your left hand as you push off your right foot to start moving to your left.’
- ‘Come right up to the bank to let her out, push off and be back again as soon as she was.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He helped me into the boat, then pushed off and jumped in himself.’
- ‘Once in the boat she ‘gets possession of an oar’ and pushes off.’
- ‘She too had got possession of an oar, and had pushed off, so as to release the boat from the overhanging window-frame.’
- ‘But when he tried to push off the block to get moving again, the block slid across the floor too.’
- ‘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.’
2British informal Go 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 sightView synonyms
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