Definition of move on (or move someone on) in US English:

move on (or move someone on)

phrasal verb

  • 1Go or cause to leave somewhere, especially because one is causing an obstruction.

    ‘the Mounties briskly ordered them to move on’
    • ‘We have used old fashioned policing methods, like remove their drink and moving them on.’
    • ‘Some thought they were treated badly when they were moved on or told off for congregating in groups.’
    • ‘A short time later police again had to speak to the youths in the post office carpark where they were skating around parked cars and again they were moved on.’
    • ‘The private landowner needs to obtain a court order to move them on from his or her land.’
    • ‘Sleeping on the beach is no longer an option because the beach police will swoop down and move you on.’
    • ‘Pittsburgh was a port for settlers heading west to stock up on supplies before moving on.’
    • ‘But the police soon moved them on because they were causing disruption to the flow of traffic.’
    • ‘I watched, totally excited, until a crew member moved me on.’
    • ‘Those travellers have now moved on from the site, which developers want to turn into shops.’
    • ‘Coach drivers have been moved on by wardens and forced to drive round the airport for up to an hour while they wait for delayed passengers.’
    1. 1.1move on Progress.
      ‘ballet has moved on, leaving Russia behind’
      • ‘Some young men gained qualifications which enabled them to move on to further education.’
      • ‘We must look to history and learn the lessons from the past for us to move on and grow as a community.’
      • ‘Clients can expand or move on when it is right for their business to do so.’
      • ‘George really is moving on, and by doing so seems to be genuinely developing his skills as a songwriter as well as performer.’
      • ‘So if things are so bad, she need only retire and in a few years the kiddies will have grown up and we'll all have moved on.’
      • ‘Things moved on and smartened up, then along came a younger sort of female presenter.’
      • ‘As far as I'm concerned, coping with constant change has kept Australia moving on.’
      • ‘These three techniques are vital for all Pilates exercises, and anyone starting has to master them before moving on.’
      • ‘She agreed that he appeared to have moved on and to have improved at school since she had met him.’
      • ‘Events and people are always moving on at a pace I can't keep up with.’
      develop, make progress, advance, make headway, take steps forward, make strides, get better, come on, come along, move on, get on, gain ground, shape up, improve, thrive, prosper, blossom, flourish
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