Synonyms of push in English:


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1‘she tried to push him away’


shove, thrust, propel, impel

send, press, drive, plunge, stick, force, shoot, ram, bump, knock, strike, hit, jolt, butt, prod, poke, nudge, elbow, shoulder

bulldoze, sweep, jostle, bundle, hustle, hurry, rush, manhandle



2‘he tried to push his way into the flat’


force, force one's way, shove, thrust, squeeze, jostle, elbow, shoulder

thread, wind, work, inch

3‘he managed to push a silent panic button’


press, press down, push down, depress, exert pressure on, bear down on, hold down, squeeze

operate, activate, actuate

4‘don't push her to join in if she doesn't want to’


urge, press, pressure, put pressure on, pressurize, force, drive, impel, coerce, nag

lean on, prevail on

dragoon into, steamroller into, browbeat into, use strong-arm tactics on

informal put the heat on, put the screws on, twist someone's arm, railroad into, bulldoze into

5‘the manufacturers of each fuel push their own products’


advertise, publicize, promote, give publicity to, bang the drum for, beat the drum for, popularize

sell, market, merchandise

informal plug, give a plug to, hype, hype up, give a puff to, puff, puff up, boost, flog

North American informal ballyhoo, flack, huckster


1‘I felt a push in the back’


shove, thrust, ram, bump, knock, hit, jolt, butt, prod, poke, elbow, nudge, shoulder, jostle

2‘the enemy's eastward push had overrun Dutch positions’


advance, drive, thrust, charge, attack, assault, onslaught, onrush, offensive, sortie, foray, raid, sally, invasion, incursion, blitz, campaign

archaic onset


    push someone around


      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

    push for

      ‘the trade unions will be likely to push for wage increases’


      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

    push off

      ‘push off, will you—I'm busy’


      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

      North American

      bug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hike

      NZ Australian

      rack off, nick off

      South African

      voetsak, hamba

      vulgar slang

      bugger off, piss off, fuck off

      British vulgar slang

      sod off


      begone, avaunt


      stay, remain

    push on

      ‘I decided to push on towards the coast’


      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

    push the boat out

      ‘you could push the boat out and go for the top of the range’


      be extravagant, go on a spending spree, splash out, splurge, spare no expense, spend lavishly, spend a lot of money

      lash out, go mad, go on a shopping binge, indulge in some retail therapy

    at a push

      ‘at a push, you could use a disk editor to recover files’


      if necessary, in case of necessity, if need be, if needs must, if forced, if all else fails, in an emergency

    give someone the push

      ‘council chiefs gave him the push for looking too old’


      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

      North American

      give someone the bum's rush