Definition of pill pusher in English:

pill pusher

Syllabification: pill push·er


  • 1A person, specifically a doctor, who resorts too readily to advocating the use of medication to cure illness rather than considering other treatments.
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    • A pill-pusher, as he jokingly calls it, Marvin logged nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer time last year between the base pharmacy and the retiree affairs office.
    • She joins a slew of other former athletes such as Mike Ditka, pill pushers for the media age, who hawk medicine we're not supposed to take without our doctor's permission.
  • 1.1Any seller of drugs for profit, such as a pharmaceutical company or a drug dealer.
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    • The psychotic pill pusher reportedly refused to leave, sending both doctor and patient fleeing for their lives.
    • As the invaluable newsletter The Washington Spectator observed in its June 15 edition, ‘The pharmaceutical companies are pill pushers that have been turning health care into wealth care - theirs.’
    • But Li said that the firms were far from simple pill-pushers.



noun & adjective
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  • Real-life doctors are in the pill-pushing business; it pays for them to find ‘conditions’ and prescribe medications.
  • Instead of treating patients, the economics of the health plan has created a system of pill pushing.

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