push1 [ puʃ ] verb ***
▸ 1 move someone/something away
▸ 2 press button on machine
▸ 3 move through group
▸ 4 encourage/force someone
▸ 5 try to sell something
▸ 6 make something reach level
▸ 7 sell illegal drugs
▸ 8 make impatient/annoyed
▸ 9 when army moves
1. ) intransitive or transitive to move someone or something away from you, or from their previous position, using part of your body, especially your hands:
Push as hard as you can.
push something around: He was pushing a cart around the supermarket.
push someone/something away: She gently pushed him away.
push something open/shut: I pushed the door open with my foot.
push at: He pushed at a door in the courtyard.
push someone/something into someone/something: Rebecca pushed her handkerchief into her pocket.
push someone/something against someone/something: The table had been pushed against the wall.
─ opposite PULL
2. ) intransitive or transitive to press a button on a machine:
To turn on the television, you push this button.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to move past or through a group of people or things by using a part of your body to move them away from you:
Stop pushing and just wait your turn.
Pushing to the front of the line, he managed to get the last tickets.
push past: He just pushed past Fred and left.
push your way through: I was pushing my way through the crowd.
push and shove: People were pushing and shoving, trying to get to the best seats first.
4. ) transitive to encourage or force someone in a determined way to do something they do not want to do:
push someone to do something: The United States pushed NATO to authorize military intervention.
push someone into (doing) something: The police pushed her into giving evidence.
a ) to force someone to make a great effort, especially at school or in their career:
A lot of parents push their children, but my dad always just encourages and supports me.
5. ) transitive INFORMAL to try to make people buy a product or accept an idea: PROMOTE:
He saw the interview as an opportunity to push his latest movie.
6. ) transitive push something up/down/into/toward to make something reach a particular level or standard:
The Fed had pushed up interest rates sharply to protect the dollar from speculators.
The strong sunshine had pushed temperatures into the nineties.
7. ) transitive INFORMAL to sell illegal drugs
8. ) transitive to make someone impatient or annoyed by behaving in an unreasonable way:
If you push him too far, he'll resign.
9. ) intransitive if an army pushes into, through, or across a country or area, it moves farther into, through, or across it, using force:
Government troops pushed into the northern sector.
be pushing thirty/forty/fifty etc. INFORMAL
to be nearly a particular age
push someone/something from your mind or push someone/something to the back of your mind
to avoid thinking about someone or something:
Lucy pushed the idea firmly to the back of her mind.
He pushed her completely from his mind.
push it/push your luck INFORMAL
to take a big risk by doing something that is likely to cause you trouble:
I think you're pushing your luck in asking for another pay raise.
,push a`head or push forward phrasal verb intransitive
to continue trying to achieve something despite opposition or difficulties:
push ahead with: They are pushing ahead with plans to expand production.
,push a`round phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
push someone around to keep telling someone what to do in an unfair and unpleasant way:
They're always pushing me around.
,push a`side phrasal verb transitive
to refuse to think about something unpleasant:
She pushed her doubts aside and carried on.
,push `back phrasal verb transitive
to arrange a later time for something:
The deadline has been pushed back two weeks.
push something back to/until something: Can I push our meeting back to May 27?
push back the limits/frontiers
to discover new things about something or a better way of doing it:
We're pushing back the frontiers of technology.
`push for phrasal verb transitive
1. ) push for something to try hard to get or achieve something:
They continue to push for more pay.
We are pushing for a ban on nuclear testing.
2. ) push someone for something to try to make someone give you something or do something for you:
He's pushing us for a decision by tomorrow.
,push `forward phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive same as PUSH AHEAD:
push forward with: They were urged to push forward with their reforms.
2. ) intransitive to move farther toward a place in a determined way, or despite opposition or difficulties:
John pushed forward into the dark entrance of the cave.
3. ) transitive to try to make people recognize someone's qualities or abilities:
push yourself forward: Nicola was never one to miss out on a chance to push herself forward.
,push `off phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive if a person or boat pushes off, or if you push a boat off, you sail away from the land:
I dragged the boat down to the water and pushed off.
2. ) intransitive INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED to leave a place:
I'll wait ten minutes more; then I'll push off for home.
3. ) intransitive usually in imperative BRITISH INFORMAL used for telling someone rudely and angrily to go away:
Push off, and leave me alone!
,push `on phrasal verb intransitive
1. ) to continue a trip, especially after stopping for a period of time:
The next day we pushed on toward Phoenix.
2. ) to continue doing something, especially when you do not have much time:
There's a lot to do, so let's push on.
push on with: I've pushed on with the work because I want to finish it today.
,push `over phrasal verb transitive
to push someone or something hard so that they fall from the position that they are in:
She pushed me over in the playground.
He pushed over the lamp.
,push `through phrasal verb transitive
to succeed in getting a law, agreement, etc. accepted quickly although a lot of people oppose it:
He is determined to push the bill through Congress.
push 2 [ puʃ ] noun **
▸ 1 pushing movement
▸ 2 way to encourage someone
▸ 3 determined attempt
▸ 4 movement of army
▸ 5 determination to do something
▸ 6 something difficult to do
1. ) count a movement in which you push someone or something using part of your body, especially your hands:
He opened the door with a violent push.
give someone/something a push: Jan helped me give the car a push.
2. ) singular a way of encouraging or forcing someone to do something they do not want to do:
give someone a push (to do something): I knew I could do it I just needed someone to give me an extra push.
need a push (to do something): Some people need a little push to make new friends.
3. ) count a determined attempt to do something:
push for: an unsuccessful push for financial reform
a push to do something: The two sides began a final push to reach an agreement before the deadline.
4. ) count a movement by an army farther into or through a country or area, using force:
push on: The army begin their push on the town at dawn.
5. ) uncount the energy and determination to achieve something:
She has the push to get to the top in any business.
6. ) singular INFORMAL something that is difficult to do, especially because you do not have much time:
It'll be a push, but we'll manage it.
if/when push comes to shove/if/when it comes to the push
if or when you are forced to make a decision or do something difficult:
If push came to shove, I would be willing to try.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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