Word of the Day: push

Word of the Day
May 16, 2016
push (verb, noun)
/pʊʃ/   sound icon
If your car breaks down, you might need to push it!
To push means 'to move something or someone away from yourself using force.' It is also used figuratively meaning 'to urge someone to do something' or 'to promote or demand something with energy.' Informally, to push means 'to sell drugs.' As a noun, a push is the act of pushing, a strong and determined effort to achieve something, or a military attack.


Example sentences
The father pushed his child on the swing.
My husband always pushes me to follow my dreams.
The politician really pushed her proposal for the new law.
Some addicts end up pushing to pay for their drugs.
Bill gave the door a push and it swung open.
I know you've all worked really hard and you're tired, but if we make one last push we can get the project finished by the end of the month!
The general ordered a massive push for the following day.


Multi-word forms
push someone around: try to make someone do what you want. Example: "I know he's your boss, but he shouldn't talk to you like that! Don't let him push you around."
push off (UK): an informal way of telling someone to go away. Example: "I'm trying to work and you keep distracting me! Push off!"
push something through: get approval for something. Example: "The government is trying to push through new security measures."
at a push (UK): just about, if you really have to. Example: "I'm very busy at the moment, so I can't do this work until Friday. At a push, I might manage to do it on Thursday, if you really can't wait."
when push comes to shove, if push comes to shove: when you are forced to take action. Example: "My brother and I don't always get along, but when I lost my job last year, he really helped me out. I guess that when push comes to shove, he does really care about me."
Did you know?
A word related to push is pushover, which is an informal term for someone who always gives in to what others want. For example, if a parent tries to send the kids to bed, but the kids beg to be allowed to stay up and the parent gives in, you could call that person a pushover.
Other forms
pusher (noun)
Push dates back to the second half of the 13th century and comes form the Latin word pulsāre (see pulsate), the Middle French word pousser, the Old French word po(u)lser, and the Middle English word pushen, poshen, or posson.
Push in other languages
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