- A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing.
verb (push, es)
- Give the door a hard if it sticks.
- An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
- One more push and the baby will be out.
- A great effort (to do something).
- Some details got lost in the to get the project done.
- Let's give one last push on our advertising campaign.
- (military) A marching or drill maneuver/manoeuvre performed by moving a formation (especially a company front) forward or toward the audience, usually to accompany a dramatic climax or crescendo in the music.
- (transitive) To apply a force to (an object) such that it moves away from the person or thing applying the force.
Etymology: From poulser (modern pousser), from pulsare.
- In his anger he pushed me against the wall and threatened me.
- (transitive) To continually attempt to persuade (a person) into a particular course of action.
- (transitive) To continually attempt to promote (a point of view).
- Stop pushing the issue — I'm not interested.
- (transitive) To promote a product with the intention of selling it.
- They're pushing that perfume again.
- There were two men hanging around the school gates today, pushing drugs.
- (context, informal, transitive) To approach; to come close to.
- My old car is pushing 250,000 miles.
- He's pushing sixty. (= he's nearly sixty years old)
- (intransitive) To apply a force to an object such that it moves away from the person applying the force.
- You need to quite hard to get this door open.
- (intransitive) To tense the muscles in the abdomen in order to expel its contents.
- During childbirth, there are times when the obstetrician advises the woman not to .
- (intransitive) To continue to attempt to persuade a person into a particular course of action.
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