1Use an oar, boathook, etc. to exert pressure so as to move a boat out from a bank: we pushed off and rowed out into midstream
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- 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.
2British informal Go away: I’ve got to push off and get to work
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
North American informal bug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hike
South African informal voetsak, hamba
British vulgar slang sod off