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1 push /ˈpʊʃ/ verb
pushes; pushed; pushing
1 push
/ˈpʊʃ/
verb
pushes; pushed; pushing
Learner's definition of PUSH
: to use force to move (someone or something) forward or away from you
[+ object]
often used figuratively
[no object]
: to go forward while using your hands, arms etc., to forcefully move people or things that are blocking you
[no object]
often + through
[+ object]
[+ object]
: to force or try to force or persuade (someone) to do something
: to force (someone) to work hard at something in order to achieve success
: to do or say things that cause trouble for (someone)
[no object]
always followed by an adverb or preposition : to continue moving forward in a forceful or steady way usually + ahead, forward, or on
: to continue to do something especially in a determined way usually + ahead, forward, or on
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to force (someone or something) to move away from a place
[+ object] : to cause (something) to be accepted, completed, etc., by making a special effort
[no object] : to make a strong, continuous effort to get or do something often + for often followed by to + verb
[+ object]
: to make a strong effort to sell (something)
: to try to make (something) more popular, well-known, etc., by talking about it
: to repeat (something) in order to show that it is important
[+ object] informal : to sell (illegal drugs)
10 
[+ object]
: to go up to and often beyond (a limit)
informal : to get close to (an age or number) always used as (be) pushing
11 
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to cause or force (something) to change in a specified way
12 
[+ object] sports : to hit (a ball) toward the right from a right-handed swing or toward the left from a left-handed swing compare pull

be pushing up daisies

see daisy

push around

[phrasal verb] also British push about
push (someone) around/about
: to try to force (someone) to do what you want by making threats, using force, etc.

push back

[phrasal verb]
push back (something) or push (something) back
: to change (a planned event) to start at a later date or time

push in

[phrasal verb] British
: to move in front of other people who are waiting in a line

push it/things

informal
: to continue to do or to try to do something when you should stop

push off

[phrasal verb]
: to move from a place or position by pushing against a surface with something
British, informal : to go away : leave used in speech as a rude or angry way of telling someone to go away

push on

[phrasal verb]
push (something) on (someone)
: to force (someone) to accept (something)
see also 1push 4 (above)

push over

[phrasal verb]
push over (someone or something) or push (someone or something) over : to make (someone or something) fall to the ground by pushing
US, informal : to move so that there is room for someone else to sit or stand next to you

push paper(s)

see 1paper

push the envelope

see envelope

push your luck

see 1luck
2 push /ˈpʊʃ/ noun
plural pushes
2 push
/ˈpʊʃ/
noun
plural pushes
Learner's definition of PUSH
[count]
: an act of pushing something or someone usually singular
: a large, organized military attack usually singular
often used figuratively
: a strong, continuous effort to get or achieve something usually singular
often + for
often followed by to + verb

at a push

British, informal
: with some difficulty : by making a special effort

get the push

British, informal
: to lose your job : to be fired from your job

give (someone) the push

British, informal
: to dismiss (someone) from a job : to fire (someone)

push comes to shove

informal
used to describe what happens when a situation becomes very serious or difficult and action needs to be taken
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