Definition of push in English:
- Ryo stood to walk out of the house, but Kunshi moved toward him and pushed him back into a seat.
- He felt sunshine on his face, but it was quickly torn away from him as a sack was ruthlessly shoved onto his head and he was pushed away.
- Immediately she was pushed away and the ground would have cushion her fall except that would have hurt, but she was cushion by a warm body instead.
- A few months ago, I was walking down the main street in my home town when two women in front, pushing their children in strollers, stopped dead on the pavement and started talking.
- After a couple, you'll be ready to emulate Byron, who liked to swim across the Grand Canal pushing a candle in front of him.
- She glared and started pushing her cart in front of mine.
- Bend your elbows so that your arms are at 90 degrees to your body, then push back up to the start position.
- I pushed his nearly limp body up to a sitting position and got up from the couch.
- She used what body parts she could to push herself into sitting position.
- The size of a watch, the DRS device is activated by pushing the Panic Button or when the device senses you haven't moved around in a while.
- Then I discovered I could keep my left leg elevated, whilst pushing the sewing machine pedal with my right foot.
- Staff activate the alarms by pushing an easily accessible button.
- With more and more force, he pushed aside anyone that stood in his way, with his hands and soon with his blade.
- The security forces were aggressive, pushing forward until an elderly demonstrator suffered a heart attack.
- Mark jumped aside as Grace pushed past him and made a watch out kind of whistle.
- With our nation at war, the Army is pushing toward more rapid, immediately relevant change in the Current and Future Force.
- As the Union army pushed into the South, a young soldier from the south, but committed to the Union cause, was assigned guard duty.
- As the Elf army pushed forward, a sea of blood, bodies and gore was left behind.
- After that the car was so consistent the whole race that I was really able to push hard, until the last 15 laps.
- I made a clean start from pole and was pushing really hard until the first pitstop when I saw how big the gap actually was.
- Currently, the group is pushing hard to become highly cost efficient and has entered into processing arrangements with Gambia in order to create a highly competitive base.
- I'm pushing forty, though forty seems to be doing most of the pushing.
- I was surprised to find out, however, that the boys are actually a bit older than myself (I'm pushing fifty).
- An unnamable urge was pushing me to drive harder, and for once, I didn't struggle to put words around it.
- Gus pushes me hard to not just automatically do everything the accepted way.
- Michael's father was a military man with a strong sense of order, and he pushed his sons hard in athletics.
- Consumer campaigners have been pushing for a Europe-wide clothing size scale in a bid to make shopping easier.
- He said the campaign group was still pushing for more controls on the manufacture and sale of fireworks.
- Some union chiefs are pushing for campaigns focusing on how families will be affected.
- Public sympathy pushed the Sorbonne to promote her to her dead husband's professorship.
- Global sales have pushed Hyundai to seventh place, ahead of both Honda and Nissan.
- He's pushed the Yell sale - which has been in limbo for years.
- Police today declared war on drug dealers from London pushing cocaine, heroin and crack to children as young as 13.
- But Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe said legalising cannabis would lead drug barons to push even more hard drugs.
- They lie, rob, cheat, push hard drugs, intimidate innocent people and run protection rackets.
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- The Chinese are reportedly already a slight majority but new plans indicate a big push to move more settlers in.
- The move follows a government push to recruit 3,000 matrons across the country as part of a major plan for the National Health Service.
- The move is the latest push by baseball to increase its marketing to younger fans - and make money along the way.
- And then, with a push of a single button, the drink will be concocted before his very eyes within a matter of seconds.
- This is handy, but the machine does not remove them with a push of the button - you have to do the prewash treatment yourself.
- With the push of a button, the narrow barrel of his device glowed and a beam of light issued from where blasts usually came.
- In an effort to maintain the push, Operation Impact has forged a partnership with Crimestoppers.
- Nevertheless, the triumph gave York their first double of the league campaign and it could yet prove crucial in both side's promotion pushes.
- The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is revitalising its network of information points and is urging local shops, pubs and cafes to join in the promotion push.
- The push to downsize the military and privatize functions means government contracts are a growth industry.
- We hit the targets at night in a final push against the terrorist's stronghold near the airport.
- Despite the military push, a rocket which was fired from Gaza landed in an open area of Israel's Negev Desert overnight, causing no damage or injuries.
- 1at a push
- British informal If absolutely necessary; only with a certain degree of difficulty: there’s room for four people, or five at a pushMore example sentences
- In the past it was a lot simpler - you'd reach a certain age - somewhere between 22 and, at a push, 35-and you'd freeze dry your record collection, stop going to gigs and, certainly, stop reading music papers.
- Someone could say to me that Scott Brown, pictured, can play right wing and, at a push, centre-forward.
- Not making the link depend on a central server or need special software, ie hand-decodable at a push.
- 2get (or give someone) the push (or shove) British informal
- Be dismissed (or dismiss someone) from a job: four PR people at head office are getting the push it’s hard to psych yourself up to get another job after you’ve been given the pushMore example sentences
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-hoNorth American informal give someone the bum's rush
- John Smith, the £205,000 a year chief executive of the Post Office, is getting the push for not being ruthless enough.
- Eisner's position is not all that secure, and if his going was the difference between the renewal of the Pixar deal, or the loss of the Pixar deal, then conceivably the board might give him the shove.
- If he cannot back up such madness, and there isn't a hope in hell he will be able to, then Ladbrokes have to give him the shove.
- 2.1Be rejected in (or end) a relationship.Example sentences
- I just hoped Rebecca wouldn't give him the shove, like she does with most of the guys that showed interest in her.
- As Gloria, his fiancée of five years who gets the push, Jessica Walker is a perfect screech, with a classic mother to match in Carol Wilson.
- 3push at (or against) an open door
- Have no difficulty in accomplishing a task: if the management were to tackle this issue, it might find that it was pushing at an open doorMore example sentences
- Collecting signatures was like pushing at an open door.
- I think you should see instead us as pushing at an open door.
- It made us realise that we could win this game, even if to be honest, I think he was pushing at an open door.
- 4push the boat out
- see boat.
- 5push someone's buttons
- see button.
- 6be pushing up the daisies
- see daisy.
- 7push one's luck
- informal Take a risk on the assumption that one will continue to be successful or in favour: he had pushed his luck too far, and his smuggling was discoveredMore example sentences
- ‘You could be great, along with my help,’ he continued, pushing his luck.
- Sure it was a risk to be pushing his luck so soon, but he was having a great time with Krystal and dreaded the fact that their evening would be coming to an end.
- The wild cards afford you the luxury of being able to push your luck with no risk.
- 8when push comes to shove
- informal When one must commit oneself to an action or decision: when push came to shove, I always stood up for himMore example sentences
- While we'll work as a team, ultimately, when push comes to shove, Michael will have the final say.
- They sometimes say they are, but in fact when push comes to shove, they are no more interested in the weaker clubs than they are in clubs that are not in Victoria.
- But when push comes to shove, he sold out to preserve his place in the party, and all for a man whose campaign attacked his family to score political points only 4 years ago.
- 1push ahead
- Proceed with or continue a course of action: he promised to push ahead with economic reformMore example sentences
- As for the future, En Foco will continue to push ahead with more emphasis on the journal.
- Since then the Town has continued to push ahead with the project on its own.
- Coca-Cola continues to push ahead with the establishment of more local bottling plants.
- 2push along
- British informal Go away; depart.
- 3push someone around (or about)
- informal Treat someone roughly or inconsiderately: he was annoyed by their arrogance in thinking they could push him around whenever they wishedMore example sentences
- It appears that perhaps unconsciously you are attracting partners who push you around and treat you badly because at a deeper level you may still carry negative belief patterns from your childhood.
- Nobody is pushing us around or has ever pushed us around on West Indian wickets.
- All those years he made fun of me, bullied me, pushed me around, I think that it was his cry for help.
- 4push in
- British Go in front of people who are already queuing: they scowled at him because they thought he was trying to push in at the head of the queueMore example sentences
- You find yourself rubbing shoulders with some household names and being a little in awe of the whole thing, but by about day three you don't care who you're pushing in front of in the canteen queue.
- Seething with suppressed fury when someone cuts you up in traffic or pushes in front of you in a shop queue is a sure way to develop a raging headache, says a US researcher.
- She then pushed in front of me in the queue, demanded a discount and got it.
- 5push off
- 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.
- 6push on
- Continue on a journey: the light was already fading, but she pushed onMore example sentences
- Two gunmen were arrested and, as heavy fire could still be heard ahead, Major Hollister pushed on with just two of his men.
- It would be a lovely journey, so people kept pushing on.
- A short photo stop soon cooled us down, before we pushed on up the hill carrying the weighty bags of tackle and camera gear.
- 7push something through
- Get a proposed measure completed or accepted quickly: the government is trying to push through a package of measures to combat organized crimeMore example sentences
- Surely a chicane system should be considered before the proposed measures are pushed through.
- If justice can be done, I have no objections - and provided the defence have got time to prepare a proper defence and the cases are not pushed through too quickly.
- She's really focussed on looking outwards rather than inward and she's prepared to push innovative measures through the Scottish parliament.
Middle English (as a verb): from Old French pousser, from Latin pulsare 'to push, beat, pulse' (see pulse1). The early sense was 'exert force on', giving rise later to 'make a strenuous effort, endeavour'.
appeal from Middle English:
Recorded first in legal contexts, appeal comes via Old French from Latin appellare ‘to address, accost, call upon’. Peal (Late Middle English) is a shortening of appeal, perhaps from the call to prayers of a ringing bell. The base of appeal is Latin pellere ‘to drive’, found also in compel ‘drive together’; dispel ‘drive apart’; expel ‘drive out’; impel ‘drive towards’; and impulsive; propel ‘drive forwards’; repel ‘drive back’, all Late Middle English. It is also the source of the pulse (Middle English) that you can feel on your wrist and is related to push (Middle English). The other kind of pulse, an edible seed, is a different word, which comes via Old French from Latin puls ‘porridge of meal or pulse’, related to the sources of both pollen and powder.
Words that rhyme with pushHindu Kush, kurus, mush, whoosh, woosh • bell
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