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push  (psh)
v. pushed, push·ing, push·es
v.tr.
1. To apply pressure against for the purpose of moving: push a shopping cart through the aisles of a market.
2. To move (an object) by exerting force against it; thrust or shove.
3. To force (ones way): We pushed our way through the crowd.
4. To urge forward or urge insistently; pressure: push a child to study harder.
5. To bear hard upon; press.
6. To exert downward pressure on (a button or keyboard, for example); press.
7. To extend or enlarge: push society past the frontier.
8. Informal To approach in age: is pushing 40 and still hasnt settled down.
9. Slang
a. To promote or sell (a product): The author pushed her latest book by making appearances in bookstores.
b. To sell (a narcotic) illegally: push drugs.
10. Sports To hit (a ball) in the direction toward the dominant hand of the player propelling it, as to the right of a right-handed player.
v.intr.
1. To exert outward pressure or force against something.
2. To advance despite difficulty or opposition; press forward.
3. To expend great or vigorous effort.
n.
1. The act of pushing; thrust: gave the door a swift push.
2. A vigorous or insistent effort toward an end; a drive: a push to democracy.
3. A provocation to action; a stimulus.
4. Informal Persevering energy; enterprise.
Phrasal Verbs:
push around Informal
To treat or threaten to treat roughly; intimidate.
push off Informal
To set out; depart: The infantry patrol pushed off before dawn.
push on
To continue or proceed along ones way: The path was barely visible, but we pushed on.
Idioms:
push paper Informal
To have ones time taken up by administrative, often seemingly petty, paperwork: spent the afternoon pushing paper for the boss.
push up daisies Slang
To be dead and buried: a cemetery of heroes pushing up daisies.
when/if push comes to shove
At a point when or if all else has been taken into account and matters must be confronted, one way or another: We extol the virtues of motherhood and bestow praise on the self-sacrificing homemaker but when push comes to shove, we give her little recognition for what she does (Los Angeles Times).

[Middle English pusshen, from Old French poulser, pousser, from Latin pulsre, frequentative of pellere, to strike, push; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: push, propel, shove, thrust
These verbs mean to press against something in order to move it forward or aside: push a baby carriage; wind propelling a sailboat; shove a tray across a table; thrust the package into her hand. See Also Synonyms at campaign.
Antonym: pull


push  /p/  v. -es 1 [I;T] to press on s.t. to move it: He pushed the door open with his hands.||I dialed a telephone number by pushing the buttons on the keypad. 2 [I;T] to shove, hit hard with the hands: The boy pushed another child to the ground. 3 [I;T] to hurry, work extra hard: We pushed to finish the job on time. 4 [I;T] to urge others to cooperate: A politician pushed his party members for a new law against pollution. 5 infrml.fig. [T] to sell, esp. on a special sale: The supermarket is pushing fresh tomatoes and melons this week. 6 phrasal v. [I] to push off: a. to leave, depart: Well, its getting late and I have to push off now. b. to leave by boat: Our ship pushes off at 8:00 A.M. tomorrow. 7 phrasal v. insep. to push on s.t.: a. [I] to continue a trip or task: We arrived in New York this morning but pushed on to Boston, our destination. b. [T] to press against: He pushed on the door and it opened. 8 phrasal v. sep. [T] to push s.o. around: to treat s.o. roughly or unfairly: She tries to push the other committee members around. 9 phrasal v. sep. to push (s.t.) through: a. [I;T] to move through: We pushed through the crowd and out of the sports stadium. b. [T] s.t.: to finish s.t. in a hurry: The legislature pushed through a new law to lower taxes.||They pushed it through.
n. -es 1 pressure or force against s.t.: She gave the door a push to open it. 2 a shove, an angry thrust of the hands: A man gave another a push and they started to fight. 3 hard work, a big effort: Our company salespeople made a big push to sell a new product. 4 when push comes to shove: when it is an important time to act on a difficult decision: When push comes to shove, I can depend on my friend to help me. push

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