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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.’
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 sightgo, go your way, get going, get moving, be off, take your leave, decamp, absent yourselfbe off with you, shoohit 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 lakeon your bike, go and chase yourselfget stuffed, sling your hook, hop it, bog off, naff offbug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hikerack off, nick offvoetsak, hambabugger off, piss off, fuck offsod offbegone, avauntView synonyms
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