Definition of thrusting in English:



  • 1The motion of pushing or lunging suddenly or violently.

    1. 1.1Geology The pushing upwards of the earth's crust.


  • 1Aggressively ambitious.

    ‘thrusting entrepreneurs’
    • ‘It is not exactly the thrusting activists who even get to conference.’
    • ‘He has since played thrusting lawyers, a cuckolded husband, a dysfunctional builder, cops and numerous romantic leads in a dizzying number of TV series and one-offs.’
    • ‘These are the very men who, in the thrusting 1980s and 1990s, were putting in all the hours God sent to boost their bonus packages and earn that glass-fronted office on the 10th floor.’
    • ‘My school was a thrusting hothouse of academic achievement.’
    • ‘Yet the notion of the thrusting career woman, starkly contrasted to the selfless home-maker, lurks unhelpfully in the background.’
    • ‘He has become central to Pearce's thrusting team.’
    • ‘Revered, exclusive, high-end fashion names are increasingly joining forces with huge, thrusting sportswear corporations.’
    • ‘Set in the 1980s, the story follows the rite of passage of Nick Guest, a young gay aesthete from the provinces who finds himself adopted, after a fashion, by a grand Notting Hill family led by a thrusting Tory MP.’
    • ‘It's not the only thing which marks him out from the other thrusting young males on the country scene.’
    • ‘Still, being retired means he's got time to lay about being stiff, whereas I am a thrusting executive professional who can't afford to be in less than 100% shape.’
    • ‘If you were, you may have seen a thrusting City type in his mid-thirties, the worse for wear after an office party, running for a taxi.’
    • ‘South Cumbrian dairy farmers are young, thrusting and ambitious, according to a new survey that flies in the face of gloomy industry forecasts.’
    • ‘The thrusting government has also entered an investment programme of £42 billion in its priority licks of health and education.’
    • ‘You come from a political culture wedded to the short-term, to an initiative a month, all of them tied to the careers of thrusting ministers desperate to make their mark.’
    • ‘What are a few entirely avoidable catastrophes to a thrusting modern economy?’
    • ‘It is a world of antique privilege about to be replaced by a thrusting business ethic.’
    • ‘To solve the growing problems, the thrusting entrepreneurs who run the strategic rail authority, a wholly appointed quango, had a momentous idea.’
    • ‘It's this dilatory, not-at-all thrusting progress that always makes me wonder where passengers on the North London Line are actually going.’
    aggressive, ambitious, assertive, pushy, pushing, insistent, forceful, forward, energetic, determined, driven, obtrusive, bold, brash
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  • 2(of an object or part of the body) projecting in a conspicuous way.

    ‘a thrusting jaw’
    • ‘Other early examples demonstrate the full range of masculine features, with thrusting forehead, strongly marked cheekbones, and sharply protruding eyelids.’
    • ‘Before he opens his thrusting lips he should lift his thirsting soul to God so that he may utter what he has drunk in.’
    • ‘The stage was set for an uninhibited six-foot Australian who strode into view with a thrusting jaw, high cheekbones, and trendy designer costumes.’
    • ‘His lanky build and a thrusting nose made her think of a pickaxe.’