Definition of push off in English:

push off

phrasal verb

  • 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 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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