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