Definition of push in English:



  • 1[with object, usually with adverbial] Exert force on (someone or something), typically with one's hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force.

    ‘she pushed her glass toward him’
    [with object and complement] ‘Lydia pushed the door shut’
    [no object] ‘he pushed at the skylight, but it wouldn't budge’
    • ‘Lora, who was well under four feet tall, easily pushed the larger boy away and slipped into the room without a sound.’
    • ‘Ryo stood to walk out of the house, but Kunshi moved toward him and pushed him back into a seat.’
    • ‘Rira managed to get in front of me and pushed the girl out of the way.’
    • ‘She said in exasperation, pushing her way in front of them once again.’
    • ‘Immediately she was pushed away and the ground would have cushion her fall except that would have hurt, but she was cushion by a warm body instead.’
    • ‘When he was about to take Winston's hand I found myself blocking the way, gently pushing the distressed little boy behind me.’
    • ‘Another woman budded in, pushing her way in front of the group.’
    • ‘In one case the workers were pushed away by federal and military police squads.’
    • ‘I slam the brakes and the force of the car pushes us toward the windshield.’
    • ‘Embarassedly Kris pushed the older boy away, and tried to hide his blush.’
    • ‘The guard announced, gently pushing the boy in front of him.’
    • ‘The boy who had pushed Jaime earlier was now walking with Gwion, gesturing wildly as his voice rose to new heights.’
    • ‘He sat up, pushing the younger boy up as well, as he reached over to the table and grabbed a textbook.’
    • ‘He felt sunshine on his face, but it was quickly torn away from him as a sack was ruthlessly shoved onto his head and he was pushed away.’
    • ‘With his leg Marcus pushed one of the boys off of him and then he took his arm and hit the other boy.’
    • ‘I started pushing the people in front of me to get in the front also.’
    • ‘Then the mass of boys began pushing Hyrum down the street.’
    • ‘The winds pressed against my back and forced me upright, pushed me toward the side yard, then into the front.’
    • ‘Being the chivalrous idiot that I am, I kept pushing the person in front up, and the inevitable happened.’
    • ‘Akasha and Jessie were able to get threw because a large boy in front of them was pushing people out the way.’
    shove, thrust, propel, impel
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    1. 1.1[with object]Hold and exert force on (something) so as to cause it to move along in front of one.
      ‘a woman was pushing a stroller’
      • ‘And wisely, unlike so many of her opponents, she had elected not to run with that stall on her back or push it in front of her on a trolley.’
      • ‘She glared and started pushing her cart in front of mine.’
      • ‘As everyone looked to the door, a plump nurse appeared around the curtain pushing a cart in front of her.’
      • ‘‘He started running away pushing the pushchair in front of him,’ said Mr Butterworth.’
      • ‘she asked, helping me into the wheelchair as she pushed the cart in front of me.’
      • ‘After a couple, you'll be ready to emulate Byron, who liked to swim across the Grand Canal pushing a candle in front of him.’
      • ‘A few months ago, I was walking down the main street in my home town when two women in front, pushing their children in strollers, stopped dead on the pavement and started talking.’
      • ‘Two young mums pushing their children in front of them walk along the narrow pavement by the pub as we stand watching the traffic.’
      • ‘I made my way around one defense man but skating between them and pushing the puck in front of me.’
      • ‘Gasping for air, I scramble towards the raft and, with my four bobbing companions, swim to the safety of the shore pushing the raft in front of us.’
    2. 1.2Move one's body or a part of it into a specified position, especially forcefully or with effort.
      ‘she pushed her hands into her pockets’
      • ‘I pushed his nearly limp body up to a sitting position and got up from the couch.’
      • ‘After a moment or two to focus his effort, he pushed himself away from the wall.’
      • ‘Stand up slowly to a straight leg position, then push yourself on to your toes.’
      • ‘His brown eyes lingered on her body, as she pushed herself against him.’
      • ‘It is a strong move in which you are pushing your lower body down into the ground and using the ground to enhance your resistance and stability.’
      • ‘He gently began pushing himself against her body, she frightful that he might fall on top of her.’
      • ‘She pushed herself against his body, against his chest where there was no heartbeat.’
      • ‘James grinned and pushed himself from his position with the muscles in his back.’
      • ‘She used what body parts she could to push herself into sitting position.’
      • ‘When you push yourself, your body makes endorphins which give you a natural high.’
      • ‘She drew close to him and pushed herself against his body, wrapping her arms around him.’
      • ‘I ease myself quietly from the entanglement of his body and push myself up into a sitting position.’
      • ‘How is hands slowly would grip my hips as we pushed our ever decaying bodies closer to each other as the night died young.’
      • ‘Bend your elbows so that your arms are at 90 degrees to your body, then push back up to the start position.’
      • ‘So he pushed himself in an effort to get better every day, so he could start and be prepared for that first game.’
    3. 1.3[with object]Press (a part of a machine or other device)
      ‘he pushed the button for the twentieth floor’
      • ‘He picks up the presentation/computer remote and pushes the top left button.’
      • ‘Then I discovered I could keep my left leg elevated, whilst pushing the sewing machine pedal with my right foot.’
      • ‘Staff activate the alarms by pushing an easily accessible button.’
      • ‘She pushes the down button on the one next to it, hoping it would hurry up.’
      • ‘The man in the coat turned around to his desk, pushing a big red button.’
      • ‘After pushing the last button a soft breeze washed over everyone and they all turned around to find its source.’
      • ‘He laughed pushing the up button and the elevator doors swung open.’
      • ‘Cameron knelt down quickly, pushing one more button.’
      • ‘The size of a watch, the DRS device is activated by pushing the Panic Button or when the device senses you haven't moved around in a while.’
      • ‘They have reached the elevator and he pushes the down button.’
      • ‘Ally took the keys and pushed the unlock button on the keyless entry remote.’
      • ‘When everything was frozen in place again, he pushed the Unpause button.’
      • ‘She pushed a small blue button on the side of the device, and it lit up.’
      • ‘He picked up the cell phone and turned it around, pushing a small gray button at the back which opened up a slot for the tape.’
      • ‘She dementedly begins cackling as she pulls out an antenna and pushes a big red button.’
      • ‘They walked silently to the elevator and Bridget pushed the down button.’
      • ‘‘I want to hear,’ she said, pushing the small black button on the phone's cradle.’
      • ‘Over the next few hours, I experiment with pushing the little attendant button occasionally to see if anyone cares, but they don't.’
      • ‘They were instructed to quickly push one of two buttons depending on the arrow's direction.’
      • ‘By pushing a few ATM buttons, they can transfer their cash directly into Citibank vaults.’
      push down, depress, exert pressure on, bear down on, hold down, squeeze
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    4. 1.4[with adverbial]Cause to reach a particular level or state.
      ‘they expect that the huge crop will push down prices’
      ‘the political chaos could push the country into recession’
  • 2[no object] Move forward by using force to pass people or cause them to move aside.

    ‘she pushed her way through the crowded streets’
    ‘he pushed past an old woman in his haste’
    • ‘‘Oh Sam, stop being such a drama queen,’ Bryant rolled his eyes and moved to push past her to step into the house.’
    • ‘The security forces were aggressive, pushing forward until an elderly demonstrator suffered a heart attack.’
    • ‘Forward ranks pushed back, darting past the elite guards at their backs as they fled for their own lines.’
    • ‘With more and more force, he pushed aside anyone that stood in his way, with his hands and soon with his blade.’
    • ‘He motioned for me to stay, then walked forward, pushed past his father and stepped into the study.’
    • ‘After pushing past him they passed through the curtains and suddenly were in a big, warmly lit room.’
    • ‘At once, the torch end erupted into flame, and he began to move forward, pushing roughly through the crowd.’
    • ‘Mark jumped aside as Grace pushed past him and made a watch out kind of whistle.’
    • ‘shouted the boy suddenly, pushing the two ladies out of the way.’
    • ‘The soldier in the front, the one who I had cut, growled in rage as I passed and tried to push past Raman.’
    • ‘To chat to him your options are to push aside young, excited children, or rush to an enclosed area such as the corridor of staff toilets.’
    • ‘Her male colleague approached and took hold of the defendant's arm but was hit in the arm and the other officer was pushed away, she said.’
    • ‘I even had to push aside a few nurses and their flag-waving kiddies because the protest moved too slowly and the market was nearly closing.’
    • ‘Mihra moved, pushing past him, making for the entrance in the rock through which her guide had disappeared.’
    • ‘Teran made a move to push past Hayato, but found him unmoving.’
    • ‘Then Sally was racing forward, pushing past the others, and diving head-first into the murky water.’
    shove, thrust, squeeze, jostle, elbow, shoulder
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    1. 2.1(of an army) advance over territory.
      ‘the guerrillas have pushed south to within 100 miles of the capital’
      • ‘Ayutthaya pushed into Khmer territory and sacked the capital of Angkor.’
      • ‘All of the vehicles push through the kill zone as quickly as possible, advancing approximately 300 meters.’
      • ‘With our nation at war, the Army is pushing toward more rapid, immediately relevant change in the Current and Future Force.’
      • ‘It is a third of the way to their destination, and the US army's 3rd Infantry Division is already pushing towards the city from further north.’
      • ‘In January 1945 Montgomery's forces pushed forward to the Rhine.’
      • ‘The Huddersfield Second Battalion, and the rest of the Regiment, were pushing down to the south in the next phase of attack.’
      • ‘Gaede's Army Detachment pushed forward into the French lines near Obersept on the 13th of February.’
      • ‘We must not weaken as we strike again and again, probing and pushing to exploit the enemy's vulnerabilities.’
      • ‘As the Elf army pushed forward, a sea of blood, bodies and gore was left behind.’
      • ‘Israeli armour and infantry pushed into Jordan capturing the West Bank, deep into Sinai up to the Suez Canal and into the Golan Heights in Syria.’
      • ‘By August 1944, the U.S. VI Corps landed in the south of France and began pushing to the northeast, Prieur said.’
      • ‘In the late autumn of 1950, UN forces pushed forward up the peninsula towards the Chinese border.’
      • ‘Thereafter, Twenty-first Army Group pushed steadily towards the Rhine.’
      • ‘Right now, they were pushing through enemy territory in France.’
      • ‘The war began when colonists from Massachusetts Bay began pushing into territory claimed by these people.’
      • ‘It was now October 1917 and the Allied advance pushed towards a feature known as Broodseinde Ridge.’
      • ‘As the Union army pushed into the South, a young soldier from the south, but committed to the Union cause, was assigned guard duty.’
      • ‘Troops of the 101st, pushing deeper into Najaf, are greeted by cheering crowds.’
      • ‘With the enemy reception proving nothing like they had anticipated, troops pushed inland.’
      • ‘In 1941 Germany pushed deep into Soviet territory, when the Soviet air-force hit back.’
    2. 2.2Exert oneself to attain something or surpass others.
      ‘I was pushing hard until about 10 laps from the finish’
      • ‘We're pushing very hard to get that to happen as soon as possible.’
      • ‘They're pushing very hard for a conviction for murder.’
      • ‘After that the car was so consistent the whole race that I was really able to push hard, until the last 15 laps.’
      • ‘With billions of dollars in foreign aid at stake, the United Nations, sponsors of the talks, were pushing hard for a conclusion yesterday.’
      • ‘Will he be pushing hard for hate crimes legislation?’
      • ‘Six months ago they cautioned against being too aggressive on the corporate scandals; now they censure Democrats for not pushing harder.’
      • ‘The event, 54 holes of it anyway, was played on the Torrey Pines course near San Diego, which is pushing hard for a US Open in 2008.’
      • ‘With Montrose pushing hard for an equaliser and Peterhead admirably trying to double their tally, it was no surprise when the home side struck on the break after 75 minutes.’
      • ‘A dancer is always trying to tough it out a little longer, hoping to earn a few more bucks, pushing just a little harder.’
      • ‘He really wanted this and has been pushing hard for it.’
      • ‘When there's no nation pushing hard, the UN drifts like a beachball.’
      • ‘Coelho, who turned down an interview request, saying it might jeopardise his chance of election, has always rejected such assessments and is pushing hard for recognition.’
      • ‘What they don't want is to lose their jobs and educational opportunities by pushing too hard at the restrictions their government has placed on their ability to speak.’
      • ‘Currently, the group is pushing hard to become highly cost efficient and has entered into processing arrangements with Gambia in order to create a highly competitive base.’
      • ‘The fact that lots of Wall Streeters will get rich racking up fees on these tiny accounts only serves to show why they're pushing so hard for it.’
      • ‘He spent the lead-up to the G8 summit pushing hard for a deal on climate change, yet this deal caught Downing Street completely by surprise.’
      • ‘We were pushing hard to include the costs of the road-over-rail but the Government said it didn't want it to be included.’
      • ‘The former young driver of the year finalist still has an outside chance of the Irish title this season and will be pushing hard to continue his winning ways on home soil.’
      • ‘It is the one he is pushing hardest, although he admits that no possible reorganization can keep up the current levels of service.’
      • ‘I made a clean start from pole and was pushing really hard until the first pitstop when I saw how big the gap actually was.’
    3. 2.3Demand persistently.
      ‘the council continued to push for the better management of water resources’
      • ‘There have been calls for the council to try to push for a second railway station in the Swindon area.’
      • ‘Campaigners at the school are still pushing for the decision to be halted until more information can be given to the members.’
      • ‘So we should welcome and push for a leadership election campaign as soon as it's feasible.’
      • ‘Some union chiefs are pushing for campaigns focusing on how families will be affected.’
      • ‘Their fall from grace appears to have levelled off and they are now pushing for promotion and ultimately a return to the top.’
      • ‘Consumer campaigners have been pushing for a Europe-wide clothing size scale in a bid to make shopping easier.’
      • ‘He said the campaign group was still pushing for more controls on the manufacture and sale of fireworks.’
      • ‘York are pushing for the second promotion place after they sealed Poppleton's relegation.’
      • ‘He is the one who pushed for campaign spending limits in this race; he rather insisted on them.’
      • ‘Mrs Beatty has contacted the town council to help her push for more road safety improvements.’
      • ‘Any campaign pushing for a name change has to begin with our own media, officials and the people on the street.’
      • ‘We also work with housing associations and will push for families to be evicted if they continue to misbehave.’
      • ‘The Green Party will continue to push for more attractive alternatives to the car and lorry.’
      • ‘Unions and safety campaigners have been pushing for the law to be extended.’
      • ‘She was the founder and former director of both the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks electoral spending, and Public Campaign, which pushes for campaign finance reform.’
      • ‘That party will continue to push for a softening of the law around cannabis.’
      • ‘Green campaigners are pushing for recycling facilities in Thundersley to be given an upgrade.’
      • ‘I will continue to push for policies that put ordinary members first and fight for a rank and file strategy.’
      • ‘They have a successful side pushing for promotion from the Third Division.’
      • ‘They must now regroup and continue their push for promotion to the senior ranks.’
      demand, insist on, clamour for, ask for, call for, request, press for, campaign for, work for, lobby for, speak for, drum up support for, sponsor, urge, promote, advocate, recommend, champion, espouse
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    4. 2.4[with object]Compel or urge (someone) to do something, especially to work hard.
      ‘she believed he was pushing their daughter too hard’
      • ‘Years of tests have pushed him hard physically and mentally.’
      • ‘Parents who push their children hard always focus on examples they like, successes such as Lang and Ding.’
      • ‘That's why we'll push him hard to come around to the beliefs that mean the most to us.’
      • ‘Although she didn't do anything sporty, she always wants to do her job well and she pushed us quite hard to get the potential out of us.’
      • ‘He was only 6 then, and I felt they were just pushing the kids too hard.’
      • ‘Significantly, she left her job as a schools coach amid allegations that she pushed the kids too hard.’
      • ‘On the subject of fitness, Black rejected Dawson's claims that Henry had pushed the players too hard.’
      • ‘Michael's father was a military man with a strong sense of order, and he pushed his sons hard in athletics.’
      • ‘An unnamable urge was pushing me to drive harder, and for once, I didn't struggle to put words around it.’
      • ‘Gus pushes me hard to not just automatically do everything the accepted way.’
      • ‘They were pushing me so hard I presumed I must have been in the top three.’
      • ‘I've been pushing her too hard, asking too much of her.’
      • ‘Afraid of losing a big customer, Mo didn't push him too hard.’
      • ‘I only remember one teacher pushing me to work harder on my academic pursuits.’
      • ‘All of a sudden the public want journalists to get the truth out of him, and the public backs them when they push Howard hard.’
      • ‘The problem with that is that if you push a witness too hard too fast, they are going to take the Fifth Amendment or tell you to walk away.’
      • ‘But I have to say if he was available for Northern Ireland, I would be pushing him very hard.’
      • ‘The need for Ottawa to push the U.S. harder to reopen the border to live cattle is a common refrain from producers across the country.’
      • ‘Tiburce always believed in me, and always pushed me to work hard.’
      • ‘Do you think the government is trying to push voters even harder than it's pushed them already?’
      assertive, thrusting, pushing, ambitious, driven, aggressive, forceful, forward, obtrusive, bold, brash, bumptious, arrogant, officious, bossy, presumptuous, full of oneself, self-assertive, overbearing, domineering, confident, overconfident, cocksure
      urge, press, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, force, drive, impel, coerce, nag
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    5. 2.5informal Have very little of something, especially time.
      ‘I'm a bit pushed for time at the moment’
    6. 2.6informal Be nearly (a particular age)
      ‘she must be pushing forty, but she's still a good looker’
      • ‘I was surprised to find out, however, that the boys are actually a bit older than myself (I'm pushing fifty).’
      • ‘I'm pushing forty, though forty seems to be doing most of the pushing.’
      roughly, about, around, just about, round about, or so, or thereabouts, more or less, in the neighbourhood of, in the region of, in the area of, in the vicinity of, of the order of, something like, in round numbers, rounded down, rounded up
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  • 3informal [with object] Promote the use, sale, or acceptance of.

    ‘the company is pushing a $500 asking price’
    • ‘I know America keeps pushing Europe to accept Turkey.’
    • ‘Public sympathy pushed the Sorbonne to promote her to her dead husband's professorship.’
    • ‘Strong memory sales helped push AMD to a solid second quarter, the company reported today.’
    • ‘Froggatt has been using some of the cost savings to invest in a series of marketing campaigns, which appears to be pushing up profits and sales of some of S&N's core brands.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he mentioned that promotion activities that usually push up the sales figures had been stopped because of the strike.’
    • ‘Dr Dorothy Faulkner, an expert in the social and intellectual development of children, says that publicity about bad forms of play could be pushing up traditional toy sales.’
    • ‘He's pushed the Yell sale - which has been in limbo for years.’
    • ‘He thinks Sindi pushed Stuart into accepting and that he only said yes because he doesn't really trust her.’
    • ‘One upcoming promotion will push the redesigned CNN Headline News to the local ad sales community.’
    • ‘Global sales have pushed Hyundai to seventh place, ahead of both Honda and Nissan.’
    advertise, publicize, promote, give publicity to, bang the drum for, beat the drum for, popularize
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    1. 3.1Put forward (an argument or demand) with undue force or in too extreme a form.
      ‘he thought that the belief in individualism had been pushed too far’
      ‘you were pushing it a bit—was it wise to annoy him like that?’
      • ‘They know that they are not the first in the field, and they try to push the existing argument forward.’
      • ‘There are lots of competing parties and there is the risk of a civil war, and ethnic war, and there are those foreign parties that would like to push a war forward.’
      • ‘It is easy to ridicule such an argument by pushing it to absurd limits.’
    2. 3.2Sell (a narcotic drug) illegally.
      • ‘Their example has fostered the establishment of another woman to pushing drugs in another area and to prosper.’
      • ‘We want to know who, what, where, when and if possible, how they know someone is pushing drugs.’
      • ‘Once cannabis is legalised, the dealers will be taken out of the equation and the risk of them pushing harder drugs and the availability of harder drugs to the cannabis smoker is eliminated.’
      • ‘Users should not be jailed, unless they were pushing others into the habit.’
      • ‘One kind of crime the former drugs squad officer is determined to come down on heavily, he warned, is the pushing of illegal drugs.’
      • ‘They lie, rob, cheat, push hard drugs, intimidate innocent people and run protection rackets.’
      • ‘Of these junk messages, half are pushing drugs, a fifth promote porn and another fifth promote cheap software.’
      • ‘Police today declared war on drug dealers from London pushing cocaine, heroin and crack to children as young as 13.’
      • ‘Ah, the shadowy evil dealer, pushing drugs outside the school gate.’
      • ‘But Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe said legalising cannabis would lead drug barons to push even more hard drugs.’
      • ‘Since they can't keep him in the designer sneakers he wants, young Marcus starts pushing drugs himself.’
      • ‘While he adapts himself to life in the slums, he also finds out there is money to be made in black-marketing false passports, pushing drugs and doing countless other small jobs.’
      • ‘Side-effects and unforeseen deaths are part of the deal when you're pushing drugs.’
      • ‘Cllr Wright said he was not an informer, but where drugs were concerned, he would have no problem informing on those pushing, selling and taking drugs.’
      • ‘Police sources said he had been arrested for pushing drugs.’
      • ‘As a result she ended up in the law courts for pushing drugs via her ever-popular soups and casseroles.’
  • 4Computing
    [with object] Prepare (a stack) to receive a piece of data on the top.

    1. 4.1Transfer (data) to the top of a stack.
  • 5Photography
    [with object] Develop (film) so as to compensate for deliberate underexposure.


  • 1An act of exerting force on someone or something in order to move them away from oneself.

    ‘he closed the door with a push’
    • ‘The move follows a government push to recruit 3,000 matrons across the country as part of a major plan for the National Health Service.’
    • ‘The Chinese are reportedly already a slight majority but new plans indicate a big push to move more settlers in.’
    • ‘With a gentle push from another locomotive from behind, Flying Scotsman broke through a banner declaring Railfest open to the sound of the City of York Pipe Band.’
    • ‘She sees the skin of her hand and pushes Neil out the door, ending the seduction for now.’
    • ‘There was a push, a punch and another blow then a complaint to the police.’
    • ‘If it means more critics or voters seeing films in the theater, it's a terrific outcome, even if the push behind the move is incredibly faulty.’
    • ‘He patted me on the back and gave me a slight push to the door as if I should do it right now.’
    • ‘Finally I gave him a push and slammed the door in front of his face.’
    • ‘Jess gave the door a slight push and it swung open.’
    • ‘There is a push now to move the drugs over the counter.’
    • ‘Just push open the door and walk straight up to the bar.’
    • ‘Mark said, giving her a small push through the door and closing it behind her.’
    • ‘The move is the latest push by baseball to increase its marketing to younger fans - and make money along the way.’
    • ‘The corporation is fighting a push by creditors to move the former energy trading giant's bankruptcy case from New York to its hometown of Houston.’
    • ‘Not so much as a push - absolutely no physical contact - just words.’
    • ‘Instead, though, I gave Anna a little push, and they moved sideways to the locker beside me.’
    • ‘Michaels shoved me into the backseat with a harsh push and slammed the door in my face, and I realized it has been a while since a cop has done that to me.’
    • ‘Spitz looked back at the wisecracking Kai and with a little push, Kai was knocked out again.’
    • ‘I pushed the handle down and gave a gentle push upon the door.’
    • ‘Then he tried to push Alice away gently trying not to hurt her bruises from the previous night but she wouldn't move with his gentle push.’
    shove, thrust, ram, bump, knock, hit, jolt, butt, prod, poke, elbow, nudge, shoulder, jostle
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    1. 1.1An act of pressing a part of a machine or device.
      ‘the door locks at the push of a button’
      • ‘The electric beds, which can be raised and lowered at the push of a button, will help give patients more control and independence.’
      • ‘They had an automatic phone fitted in his office, preprogrammed to enable him to reach other numbers at the push of a single button.’
      • ‘In just 20 seconds, the fully automatic, insulated roof retracts at the push of a button - and back again should the weather turn.’
      • ‘With the push of a button the hatch swung open immediately reducing the million pigeons to just under a million with a wet feathery splat.’
      • ‘This is handy, but the machine does not remove them with a push of the button - you have to do the prewash treatment yourself.’
      • ‘With a single push of a button, you can replay the last incoming transmission and up to 16 messages.’
      • ‘The rest push completely into the device and are ejected with a small eject button to the right of the slot.’
      • ‘The push of a button should reconnect power automatically when power is restored.’
      • ‘The computer is turned on by a long push of either button.’
      • ‘Information is limited to only that which is host often used and is accessible with only a few pushes of the button.’
      • ‘Then, with the push of a button, I erased the number from memory.’
      • ‘Two short pushes of a button enable the operator to direct the system manually, and zoom in on the strange object, which has almost vanished between the waves.’
      • ‘And then, with a push of a single button, the drink will be concocted before his very eyes within a matter of seconds.’
      • ‘The air-taxi service's telephone number, programmed into Len's sat phone, is no more than the push of a memory button away.’
      • ‘The work suggests a metal contraption, perhaps an explosive device that could be detonated with a push of the beige button.’
      • ‘The sound can usually be turned off by a button push.’
      • ‘Printing great quality images is now possible directly from the Gallery with just a few pushes of a button.’
      • ‘You can make tactical heads-up navigational displays for your vehicles with the push of a button.’
      • ‘Go from the acoustic response of a baroque concert hall to that of a 10,000-seat arena or a gothic cathedral with the push of a button.’
      • ‘With the push of a button, the narrow barrel of his device glowed and a beam of light issued from where blasts usually came.’
    2. 1.2Something that encourages or assists something else.
      ‘the fall in prices was given a push by official policy’
  • 2A vigorous effort to do or obtain something.

    ‘many clubs are joining in the fund-raising push’
    ‘he determined to make one last push for success’
    • ‘Jerry Gill is already looking forward to a promotion push with Cheltenham next season as he reckons their young bucks will be even better next term.’
    • ‘They were amazing during our promotion push last season.’
    • ‘A leading campaigner in the push to reopen Rochdale Canal has called on Rochdale Council to act swiftly to create a boatyard in Littleborough.’
    • ‘The push into the enterprise space makes sense.’
    • ‘The visitors were denied a third goal on 69 minutes when Sills crashed a powerful volley into the roof of the net but his effort was ruled out for an innocuous push.’
    • ‘However, over the last month the manager has noticed a marked improvement in their standards and he now believes that his side are ready to embark on a serious promotion push.’
    • ‘This push into music is the start of a daring effort to reinvent one of the world's best-known brands.’
    • ‘The weekend's traffic effort from the Gardai was part of a national push to clamp down on dangerous and drunken driving.’
    • ‘The company's ambitious push to drive the brand upmarket risks hurting its existing premium marque, Audi.’
    • ‘So was the long push to get the case before a jury worth the effort?’
    • ‘Tindal Street Press gives the genre a push onto the bookshelves.’
    • ‘In an effort to maintain the push, Operation Impact has forged a partnership with Crimestoppers.’
    • ‘As reported in Monday's Evening Press, York Police have launched a new push to remove beggars from York's streets.’
    • ‘He noted that the TV station's ratings have responded to recent programming changes, and a strong push of promotion will help even more.’
    • ‘He says the decision would also complement the current push to regulate the labour hire industry and ensure employers did not use labour hire to undercut the award system.’
    • ‘It's part of a fundraising push that will also see an internationally renowned pianist play the £11,000 grand piano at Swindon's New College.’
    • ‘The nonpartisan effort, sponsored by a coalition of local groups, pushes registration at venues such as clubs and restaurants.’
    • ‘The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is revitalising its network of information points and is urging local shops, pubs and cafes to join in the promotion push.’
    • ‘A series of events is also planned as part of the fund-raising push.’
    • ‘That it continues to provide solace to readers long after the initial marketing push.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the triumph gave York their first double of the league campaign and it could yet prove crucial in both side's promotion pushes.’
    • ‘It attributes this growth to more affluent online shoppers, an ecommerce push by traditional retailers and the aggressive promotion of online stores.’
    • ‘The Lartigue Monorail Restoration project has started its final fundraising push at a special press briefing in Listowel.’
    1. 2.1A military attack in force.
      ‘the army was engaged in a push against guerrilla strongholds’
      • ‘We hit the targets at night in a final push against the terrorist's stronghold near the airport.’
      • ‘The Pentagon is making a serious push to pull US forces out of Balkans altogether.’
      • ‘Despite the military push, a rocket which was fired from Gaza landed in an open area of Israel's Negev Desert overnight, causing no damage or injuries.’
      • ‘The push to downsize the military and privatize functions means government contracts are a growth industry.’
      • ‘A Communist push from the highlands to the sea to cut South Vietnam in half and isolate Saigon appeared in the offing.’
      • ‘Once Morocco was secure, it served as a major base for U.S. bombers and as a logistics center for the push toward Tunisia and Sicily.’
      • ‘The Biafran army then went on the offensive in a push towards Lagos.’
      • ‘The re-election of the president is expected to be followed in short order by a massive US military push into the desert city.’
      • ‘The Marines need a divisional push to seize Fallujah and they don't have the men.’
      • ‘It is the latest U.S. military push against the insurgency.’
      • ‘Now, all this comes on the heels of what was the deadliest attack here since the they ended their push, their offensive near the coast.’
      • ‘Now, these attacks come, as you say, amid day three of the military's latest push against insurgents in the western desert.’
      • ‘With the rapid push to Baghdad, our mission changed often, as did the CSB's task organization.’
      • ‘He was convinced that a major US military push into Najaf was not far away.’
      • ‘In Iraq, the military has launched another push against insurgents in the region where the rebellion continues to rage.’
      • ‘American forces then embarked on the long push to Tokyo.’
      • ‘The Allied forces co-ordinated a major push from the spring and, in April, the British pushed forward in the battle of Arras.’
      • ‘The allies had concentrated the bulk of their troops to the north in advance of the push towards Germany, and this had left the US forces at the Ardennes thinly spread.’
      • ‘It was too easy for some units we saw to take a final break before the big push into Iraq.’
      • ‘The push of the main group of forces should be directed at exploiting success and thwarting the enemy's attempts to restore its defenses.’
      advance, drive, thrust, charge, attack, assault, onslaught, onrush, offensive, sortie, foray, raid, sally, invasion, incursion, blitz, campaign
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    2. 2.2Forcefulness and enterprise.
      ‘an investor with the necessary money and push’
      • ‘These men, who ‘do not let the grass grow under their feet’, are clearly all push and enterprise.’
      drive, initiative, enterprise, enthusiasm, eagerness, ambition, motivation, go, dynamism, energy, gusto, vigour, vitality, verve, fire, fervour
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  • get (or give someone) the push (or shove)

    • 1informal Be dismissed (or dismiss someone) from a job.

      • ‘This was compounded further when Ronnie Burns was given the shove, and headed to Adelaide to join national uber scapegoat-in-the-making Wayne Carey.’
      • ‘What does John Tamihere have to do to get the push from Labour?’
      • ‘‘You've done as much as you can with the paper,’ declared Ken Cowley, the News Corp managing director, when he gave me the shove.’
      • ‘If he cannot back up such madness, and there isn't a hope in hell he will be able to, then Ladbrokes have to give him the shove.’
      • ‘They want pointy end fighters, and that is why DC got the shove from McLaren, and why I think Sir Frank Williams will give him the cold shoulder too.’
      • ‘The luminescent bruises on that aggrieved ego are so obvious, the Professor can't help wondering if the column was penned within minutes of Farmer Phil learning that he was set to get the shove.’
      • ‘John Smith, the £205,000 a year chief executive of the Post Office, is getting the push for not being ruthless enough.’
      • ‘Eisner's position is not all that secure, and if his going was the difference between the renewal of the Pixar deal, or the loss of the Pixar deal, then conceivably the board might give him the shove.’
      • ‘Yet the committee-bound European elite, with their ludicrous consensus-based politicking, will almost assuredly be unable to muster up the courage to give him the push.’
      • ‘When Colonel Lourake came to visit me here, he gave me the push.’
      throw out, remove, eject, expel, turn out, turf out, fling out, force out, drive out, evict, dislodge, oust
      dismiss, discharge
      chuck out, kick out, send packing, boot out, defenestrate, give someone the boot, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear, show someone the door, sack, fire, give someone the heave-ho, give someone the old heave-ho
      give someone the bum's rush
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      1. 1.1Be rejected in (or end) a relationship.
        • ‘As Gloria, his fiancée of five years who gets the push, Jessica Walker is a perfect screech, with a classic mother to match in Carol Wilson.’
        • ‘I just hoped Rebecca wouldn't give him the shove, like she does with most of the guys that showed interest in her.’
  • push the boat out

  • push someone's buttons

  • pushing up daisies

  • push one's luck

    • informal Take a risk on the assumption that one will continue to be successful or in favor.

      • ‘He must always be out there, pushing his luck, trying new things, taking a carefully calculated risk.’
      • ‘On the other hand, you are pushing your luck if you try to pull off heroic endurance feats every day.’
      • ‘He was basically pushing his luck, but seemed unaware of it.’
      • ‘‘You could be great, along with my help,’ he continued, pushing his luck.’
      • ‘The wild cards afford you the luxury of being able to push your luck with no risk.’
      • ‘Sure it was a risk to be pushing his luck so soon, but he was having a great time with Krystal and dreaded the fact that their evening would be coming to an end.’
      • ‘Your parents have agreed to let you go for the party, don't push your luck by asking them to let you stay late.’
      • ‘As Brendan was leaving the church, and by this time definitely pushing his luck, he spoke to the priest who had officiated at the service.’
      • ‘The tradition ended abruptly when he pushed his luck too far and alienated the avowedly nationalist group by telling them that they must support the principles of unionism.’
      • ‘Those girls pushed their luck though when they suggested we might feel more comfortable someplace quieter.’
  • when push comes to shove

    • informal When one must commit oneself to an action or decision.

      ‘when push came to shove, I always stood up for him’
      • ‘They sometimes say they are, but in fact when push comes to shove, they are no more interested in the weaker clubs than they are in clubs that are not in Victoria.’
      • ‘But, two, I think it really helped when push comes to shove.’
      • ‘I think when push comes to shove, the young people of the United States will react the same as generations before them.’
      • ‘But again, I've got to think when push comes to shove, he won't do it.’
      • ‘But I think, when push comes to shove, he'll be there with us.’
      • ‘But when push comes to shove, he sold out to preserve his place in the party, and all for a man whose campaign attacked his family to score political points only 4 years ago.’
      • ‘While we'll work as a team, ultimately, when push comes to shove, Michael will have the final say.’
      • ‘The good characters are decidedly saintly, and the bad guys aren't really all that bad when push comes to shove.’
      • ‘Is it possible you're totally wrong about North Korea, that the country is in such terrible shape that when push comes to shove, its military is going to turn out to be in just that kind of shape as well?’
      • ‘But when push comes to shove, my greatest enjoyment can be summed up in one word: shopping.’
      eventually, in the end, in the long run, at length, finally, sooner or later, in time, in the fullness of time, after some time, in the final analysis, when all is said and done, one day, some day, sometime, at last, at long last
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Phrasal Verbs

  • push ahead

    • Proceed with or continue a course of action or policy.

      ‘he promised to push ahead with economic reform’
      • ‘But with China pushing ahead with development on its side, and near the border, Japan worries that the resources on its side will be affected.’
      • ‘The Scottish Executive, however, attracted the bulk of criticism for increasing stress on teachers by pushing ahead with a policy of reducing the number of pupils being excluded from school.’
      • ‘The county council is pushing ahead with plans to introduce by-laws increasing the speed limit on its section of the same road from 80 kmph to 100 kmph.’
      • ‘As for the future, En Foco will continue to push ahead with more emphasis on the journal.’
      • ‘Coca-Cola continues to push ahead with the establishment of more local bottling plants.’
      • ‘Instead of pushing ahead with a compulsory scheme in the short term, the Government will introduce draft legislation in the Queen's speech this month as the first step towards a voluntary system.’
      • ‘Now the Food Standards Agency Scotland is pushing ahead with legislation that will force manufacturers to disclose any traces of the most dangerous dozen ingredients of food.’
      • ‘She questioned the wisdom of the U.S. pushing ahead with a programme for which there is little or no scientific basis that it will be successful and which would be astronomically expensive.’
      • ‘He said that it was important to establish a new use for the site quickly, but this would not inhibit the council from pushing ahead with plans to help the 260 Thrall workers find new jobs.’
      • ‘Since then the Town has continued to push ahead with the project on its own.’
  • push along

    • Go away; depart.

  • push someone around

    • Treat someone roughly or inconsiderately.

      • ‘It appears that perhaps unconsciously you are attracting partners who push you around and treat you badly because at a deeper level you may still carry negative belief patterns from your childhood.’
      • ‘Nobody is pushing us around or has ever pushed us around on West Indian wickets.’
      • ‘Sing along, now dad, dad, why did you let that man push you around like that?’
      • ‘All those years he made fun of me, bullied me, pushed me around, I think that it was his cry for help.’
      • ‘Maura pushed her around, Dinah had pushed her around, Chase pushed her around, everyone pushed her around, but Piper was going to stand up her decision this time.’
      • ‘Nobody has succeeded in pushing me around before and now I'm even freer and in a better position to do my best for Bradley ward and Nelson.’
      • ‘You must hold your head up high and not allow those bullies to push you around.’
      • ‘Everyone pushes us around, but the minute we get just a little bit of power, we exercise it to the fullest without prudence or thoughts on what it is doing to us in the bigger picture.’
      • ‘It means that part of what you should develop about your life is not letting people push you around.’
      • ‘They are going to push you around as much as a big corporate client.’
      bully, domineer, boss about, boss around, ride roughshod over, trample on, tread on, bulldoze, abuse, mistreat, maltreat, kick about, kick around, browbeat, lean on, tyrannize, intimidate, threaten, torment, terrorize, victimize, pick on
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  • push off

    • Use an oar, boathook, etc., to exert pressure so as to move a boat out from shore or away from another vessel.

      • ‘He helped me into the boat, then pushed off and jumped in himself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Push the ball behind your back toward your left hand as you push off your right foot to start moving to your left.’
      • ‘But when he tried to push off the block to get moving again, the block slid across the floor too.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Come right up to the bank to let her out, push off and be back again as soon as she was.’
      • ‘They pushed off the shore, rowing through the ice of the wide Delaware.’
      • ‘Once in the boat she ‘gets possession of an oar’ and pushes off.’
      • ‘She too had got possession of an oar, and had pushed off, so as to release the boat from the overhanging window-frame.’
      • ‘Shapovalov pushes off for Ukraine in the men's four repechage.’
  • push on

    • Continue on a journey.

      ‘the light was already fading, but she pushed on’
      • ‘Pace yourself with a pause at a cafe, in a square or park, before pushing on.’
      • ‘It would be a lovely journey, so people kept pushing on.’
      • ‘The middle westerner pushes on, endures, and finally finds a place that looks like home.’
      • ‘The pair pushed on first to Lion-sur-Mer, then Hermanville-sur-Mer, before they set up their station in Caen.’
      • ‘By now, both were very fatigued, but they both pushed on.’
      • ‘After a week and a half of catching up on sleep and drinking enough wine to prop up the economy, we begin thinking about pushing on to the island of Faial.’
      • ‘We acclimatise with two nights in Namche before pushing on.’
      • ‘They advanced some two to three miles to a roundabout Capt Cosby described as the gates of the city before pushing on.’
      • ‘A short photo stop soon cooled us down, before we pushed on up the hill carrying the weighty bags of tackle and camera gear.’
      • ‘Two gunmen were arrested and, as heavy fire could still be heard ahead, Major Hollister pushed on with just two of his men.’
      continue one's journey, continue on one's way, carry on, advance, press on, progress, make progress, proceed, go on, make headway, gain ground, push forward, forge ahead, go ahead
      resume one's journey, start off again
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  • push something through

    • Get a proposed measure completed or accepted quickly.

      • ‘If justice can be done, I have no objections - and provided the defence have got time to prepare a proper defence and the cases are not pushed through too quickly.’
      • ‘Abbott's package was the government's third attempt in a year to push its measures through parliament.’
      • ‘Surely a chicane system should be considered before the proposed measures are pushed through.’
      • ‘Indeed, these laws have been pushed through as silently and quickly as possible precisely so as to avoid such a discussion.’
      • ‘In part, school-to-work manifests itself as a desire to push students through universities and colleges quickly, to train rather than educate them.’
      • ‘But in the years ahead, as the fiscal squeeze tightens, the sense that some politicians took advantage of our trauma to push this measure through will not help our new-found sense of national unity.’
      • ‘Local authorities are creating problems for themselves in trying to push such ventures through so quickly.’
      • ‘She's really focussed on looking outwards rather than inward and she's prepared to push innovative measures through the Scottish parliament.’
      • ‘The company strategy is about teamwork and pushing good ideas through the system as quickly as possible, with superior dedication from all divisions within the company.’
      • ‘More than 100 of the party's MPs have signed motions criticising the government's plans and he faces a bruising battle to push the measure through the Commons.’


Middle English (as a verb): from Old French pousser, from Latin pulsare to push, beat, pulse (see pulse). The early sense was exert force on giving rise later to make a strenuous effort, endeavor.