push1 W2S1 [puʃ] v
3¦(try to get past)¦
11 be pushing 40/50 etc
12 push your luck/push it
13 push something out of your mind
14 push (somebody's) buttons
15 push the boat out
16 push the point
17 push the envelope
18 be pushing up (the) daisies
Phrasal verbs
 push ahead
 push along
 push somebody around
 push somebody/something aside
 push yourself forward
 push in
 push off
 push on
 push somebody/something<=>over
 push something<=>through
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: poulser 'to hit, push', from Latin pulsare, from pellere 'to drive, hit']
1.) ¦(MOVE)¦ [I and T]
to make someone or something move by pressing them with your hands, arms etc
≠ ↑pull
It didn't move, so she pushed harder.
I promised to push him on the swings for as long as he wanted.
shoppers pushing their grocery carts
push sb/sth away/back/aside etc
She pushed him away.
Maria pushed her hair back from her forehead.
push sb/sth towards/into etc sth
Philip pushed him towards the door.
push sth open/shut
I slowly pushed the door open.
2.) ¦(BUTTON/SWITCH)¦ [I and T]
to press a button, switch etc in order to make a piece of equipment start or stop working
= ↑press
I got in and pushed the button for the fourth floor.
Push the green button to start the engine.
to use your hands, arms etc to make people or things move, so that you can get past them
Don't push. Everyone will get a turn.
push (your way) past/through/into etc
A fat man pushed past me in his rush to leave.
She pushed her way to the front.
4.) ¦(ENCOURAGE)¦ [T]
to encourage or force someone to do something or to work hard
Encourage your kids to try new things, but try not to push them too hard .
athletes who push their bodies to the limit
push yourself
He's been pushing himself too hard, working 12-hour days.
push sb into (doing) sth
My husband pushed me into leaving the job.
push sb to do sth
The teachers pushed the students to achieve.
5.) ¦(PERSUADE)¦ [I and T]
to try to persuade people to accept your ideas, opinions etc in order to achieve something
The president is trying to push his agenda in Congress.
push for
He was pushing hard for welfare reform.
push to do sth
Company representatives are pushing to open foreign markets to their products.
push sth on sb
We don't try to push our religion on anyone.
6.) ¦(CHANGE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to change someone's situation, or to make a situation change, especially when some people do not want it to change
The law would push even more children into poverty.
attempts to push the peace process forward
7.) ¦(INCREASE/DECREASE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to increase or decrease an amount, value, or number
push sth up/down
Slow sales have pushed down orders.
push sth higher/lower
New technology has pushed the cost of health care even higher.
8.) ¦(ARMY)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
if an army pushes somewhere, it moves in that direction
The army was pushing north.
We pushed deep into enemy territory.
9.) ¦(ADVERTISE)¦ [T] [i]informal
to try to sell more of a product by advertising it a lot
Sports stars earn big bucks for pushing everything from shoes to soft drinks.
10.)¦(DRUGS)¦ [T] informal
to sell illegal drugs
11.) be pushing 40/50 etc informal
to be nearly 40, 50 etc years old
12.) push your luck/push it informal
to do something or ask for something, especially something you have done or asked for before, when this is likely to annoy someone or involves a risk
If she doesn't want to go, don't push it.
It's 26 miles, so you're pushing your luck if you try to hike it in a day.
13.) push sth out of your mind also push sth to the back of your mind
to try not to think about something, especially something bad or worrying
He pushed the thought out of his mind and tried to concentrate.
14.) push (sb's) buttons informal
to make someone feel strong emotions
Movies shouldn't be afraid to push a few buttons.
15.) push the boat out
BrE informal to spend more money than you usually do, on something special
Push the boat out and get tickets to the theatre or ballet.
16.) push the point
to keep trying to make someone accept your opinion in a way that they think is annoying
17.) push the envelope
AmE to do something that is new and that goes beyond the limits of what has already been done in a particular area of activity
push the envelope of/on
ideas that push the envelope of design and construction
18.) be pushing up (the) daisies informal
to be dead - used humorously
→↑pushed, pushing
push ahead phr v
to continue with a plan or activity, especially in a determined way
push ahead with
Quinlan decided to push ahead with the deal.
push along phr v
must/should etc be pushing along
BrE spoken used to say that you think it is time for you to leave a place
It's getting late - I think we should be pushing along.
push around [push sb around] phr v
to tell someone what to do in an impolite or threatening way
Europeans sometimes feel the Americans are trying to push them around.
push aside [push sb/sth aside] phr v
1.) push sth<=>aside
to try to forget about something, especially something unpleasant, so that you can give your attention to what you are doing
She pushed aside her anger, forcing herself to focus on her work.
2.) to force someone out of their job or position, taking the job in their place
Primakov was pushed aside but later became head of Intelligence.
push yourself forward [push yourself forward] phr v
BrE to try to make other people notice you
Rupert was a quiet type, not one to push himself forward.
push in phr v
BrE informal to go in front of other people who are already waiting in a line for something, instead of going to the back of the line
A couple of boys pushed in at the head of the queue.
push off phr v
1.) to start moving in a boat, on a bicycle, or when swimming or jumping, by pushing against something with your arms, legs etc
Dad pushed off and jumped into the rowboat.
2.) BrE spoken used to tell someone rudely to go away
push on phr v
1.) to continue travelling somewhere, especially after you have had a rest
We decided to push on a little further.
2.) to continue doing an activity
push on with
Nixon pushed on with the weapons development program.
push over [push sb/sth<=>over] phr v
to make someone or something fall to the ground by pushing them
He went wild, pushing over tables and chairs.
push through [push sth<=>through] phr v
to get a plan, law etc officially accepted, especially quickly
The planning application was pushed through as quickly as possible.
push 2
push2 n
1¦(pushing movement)¦
5 give somebody the push/get the push
6 when/if push comes to shove
7 at a push
8 it'll be a push
when someone pushes something
≠ ↑pull
Jodi had stopped swinging. 'Want a push?' her dad asked.
If the door's stuck, just give it a push .
at/with the push of a button
(=used to emphasize how easy a machine is to use)
Files can be attached to your email at the push of a button.
2.) ¦(EFFORT)¦
when someone, especially a business, tries to get or achieve something
the pre-Christmas advertising push
push into
The company has recently made a big push into the Japanese market.
push for
the push for improved productivity
push to do sth
a push to attract new members
3.) ¦(ENCOURAGEMENT)¦ [singular]
if someone gives someone else a push, they encourage or persuade them to try something
She just needed a gentle push to get her to join in.
4.) ¦(ARMY)¦
a planned military movement into the area where the enemy is
push into
The army has made another big push into enemy territory.
5.) give sb the push/get the push
BrE informal
a) if your employer gives you the push, they make you leave your job
I was scared I'd get the push.
b) if someone you are having a romantic relationship with gives you the push, they tell you that they no longer want to continue the relationship
6.) when/if push comes to shove also if it comes to the push BrE spoken if a situation becomes very difficult or action needs to be taken
If push comes to shove, you can always sell the car.
7.) at a push
informal BrE if you can do something at a push, it will be difficult, but you will be able to do it
We have room for five people, maybe six at a push.
8.) it'll be a push
BrE spoken used to say that something will be difficult because you do not have enough time to do it
I'll do my best, but it'll be a bit of a push.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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