Definition of pusher in English:



  • 1informal A person who sells illegal drugs.

    ‘an underworld of thugs, drug pushers, and thieves’
    • ‘Some pusher they picked up said Jack was a buyer for Russ.’
    • ‘The message sent here is there is one rule for gun runners and drug pushers, and another set for Panday and his supporters, and that is wrong.’
    • ‘The young people want to see the problems of drug pushers and vandalism tackled.’
    • ‘Life would be better without drug takers and drug pushers.’
    • ‘The psychotic pill pusher reportedly refused to leave, sending both doctor and patient fleeing for their lives.’
    • ‘It does not, however, fit easily with the image of the drug pusher using free drugs as a way to entice new (nondrug using) clientele.’
    • ‘The need for confidentiality cannot and should not prevent identification and prosecution of drug dealers and pushers.’
    • ‘There's no point in arresting that pusher who hangs out in the schoolyard.’
    • ‘His vigilant eyes came to life as he spotted his preys: it was a group of drug pushers and thieves.’
    • ‘For example, it should be the same as drug pushers, to an extent.’
    • ‘They complained the drug pusher was selling methamphetamine drugs with no apparent fear of the law.’
    • ‘Next time I might tell you about my favourite beach pusher.’
    • ‘He claimed Gardaí are failing to tackle drug pushers and are ignoring dealers operating just metres away.’
    • ‘They act like pushers selling cheap drugs to a gullible public with the financial sector as the intermediary.’
    • ‘People with small amounts are just told to go on their way by police, people with large amounts are jailed as drug pushers.’
    • ‘In fact, he is just another punk amateur pusher, with his eye on the next buck, which will lead him on to the first million.’
    • ‘He warned it would lead to an open season for drug pushers in the District.’
    • ‘Now, parents, if you haven't already, please take the time to talk to your kids about huffing before some pusher does.’
    • ‘We have targeted buildings used by drug pushers and people who carry illegal firearms.’
    • ‘I am saying that if people had somewhere they could legally buy cannabis, the drug pushers would have lost a huge part of their market.’
    trader, tradesman, tradesperson, merchant, salesman, saleswoman, salesperson, seller, buyer, buyer and seller, marketeer, merchandiser, distributor, supplier, vendor, shopkeeper, retailer, wholesaler, purveyor, marketer, trafficker, pedlar, hawker
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    1. 1.1[in combination]A person who too readily or forcefully promotes the use or purchase of a particular thing.
      ‘some patients see me as a pill pusher’
      ‘it can be hard to fend off food pushers during the holidays’
  • 2A person or thing that pushes something.

    [in combination] ‘the checkout trolley pushers’
    • ‘Huh, damn lazy pencil pushers, sitting nice and content at their desks.’
    • ‘Initially, the engine drove a two - blade pusher propeller.’
    • ‘Parcel pusher DHL is considering offshoring the last remnants of its IT department.’
    • ‘Everyone on the floor was a consummate wine pusher and they worked as a seamless team.’
    • ‘She was a general in charge of MP's, not some pencil pusher.’
    • ‘I was like a Japanese subway pusher trying to keep people in the club and listen to the guy.’
    • ‘And - like any good pusher - they've kept him ‘supplied’ with their products ever since.’
    • ‘He's lucky he has more smarts than a handful of paper pushers in our government.’
    • ‘Now some spotty, faux-hawked 18-year-old mobile phone pusher can be added to that list.’
    • ‘One of the robed elite, more handbill pusher than ideologue, seemed above, apart from, or perhaps, by now, simply oblivious to the rhetoric.’
    • ‘A pusher pushes the loaded clips out of the device one at a time.’
    • ‘If you are the faster key-code pusher, you will eject the Mech pilot and be able to claim the Mech for your own usage.’
    • ‘Perhaps I should hook up with a better DivX pusher.’
    • ‘Usually there's some paper pusher in the doctor's office doing that in her head.’
    • ‘I've never seen a more devoted or tenacious stroller pusher.’