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Synonyms of push in English:


  • 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
    [Antonyms] pull
  • 2 he tried to push his way into the flat
  • 3 he managed to push a silent panic button
    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
  • 5 the manufacturers of each fuel push their own products
    advertise, publicize, promote, give publicity to, beat/bang 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
  • Phrases

    push someone around
    bully, domineer, boss about/around, ride roughshod over, trample on, tread on, bulldoze, abuse, mistreat, maltreat, kick around/about, 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/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
    informal push off, will you—I'm busy
    [Antonyms] stay, remain
    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
    informal 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 (and) jump in the lake
    on your bike, go and chase yourself
    British informal get stuffed, sling your hook, hop it, bog off, naff off
    Australian/New Zealand informal rack off, nick off
    South African informal voetsak, hamba
    vulgar slang bugger off, piss off, fuck off
    British vulgar slang sod off
    literary begone, avaunt
    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, go/forge 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
    informal lash out, go mad, go on a shopping binge, indulge in some retail therapy


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  • 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
    archaic onset
  • Phrases

    at a push
    British informal 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;
    informal 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 (old) heave-ho
    North American informal give someone the bum's rush
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