using hands/arms/body1 [intransitive, transitive] to use your hands, arms, or body in order to make someone or something move forward or away from you; to move part of your body into a particular positionWe pushed and pushed but the piano wouldn't move.Push hard when I tell you to.You push and I'll pull. push at somethingShe pushed at the door but it wouldn't budge. push somethingHe walked slowly up the hill pushing his bike. push someone/something + adverb/prepositionShe pushed the cup toward me.He pushed his chair back and stood up.He tried to kiss her but she pushed him away.She pushed her face toward him. push something + adjectiveI pushed the door open.2 [intransitive, transitive] to use force to move past someone or something using your hands, arms, etc.People were pushing and shoving to get to the front. + adverb/prepositionThe fans pushed against the barrier. push your way + adverb/prepositionTry and push your way through the crowd.
affect something3 [transitive] push something + adverb/preposition to affect something so that it reaches a particular level or stateThis development could push the country into recession.The rise in interest rates will push prices up.
switch/button4 [transitive] push something to press a switch, button, etc., for example in order to make a machine start workingI pushed the button for the top floor.
persuade5 [transitive] to persuade or encourage someone to do something that they may not want to do push someone (into something/into doing something)My teacher pushed me into entering the competition. push someone to do somethingNo one pushed you to take the job, did they?
work hard6 [transitive] push someone/yourself to make someone work hardThe music teacher really pushes her students.Lucy should push herself a little harder.
put pressure on someone7 [transitive] push someone (+ adverb/preposition) (informal) to put pressure on someone and make them angry or upsetHer parents are very tolerant, but sometimes she pushes them too far.
new idea/product8 [transitive] push something (informal) to try hard to persuade people to accept or agree with a new idea, buy a new product, etc.The interview gave him a chance to push his latest movie.She didn't want to push the point any further at that moment.
sell drugs9 [transitive] push something (informal) to sell illegal drugs
of army10 [intransitive] + adverb/preposition to move forward quickly through an areaThe army pushed (on) toward the capital.
be pushing 40, 50, etc.(informal) to be nearly 40, 50, etc. years oldbe pushing 40, 50, etc.
be pushing up (the) daisies(old-fashioned, humorous) to be dead and in a gravebe pushing up daisiesbe pushing up the daisies
hit/press/push the panic button
to react in a sudden or extreme way to something unexpected that has frightened youThe government pressed the panic button yesterday as the economy plunged deeper into crisis.hit/push the panic buttonpress/push the panic button
push all the (right) buttons(informal) to do exactly the right things to please someonea new satirical comedy show that pushes all the right buttonspush all the buttonspush all the right buttons
push someone's buttons(informal) to make someone react in either a positive or a negative wayI've known him for years, but I still don't know what pushes his buttons.push buttons
push the envelope(informal) to go beyond the limits of what is allowed or thought to be possibleHe is a performer who consistently pushes the envelope of TV comedy.push the envelope
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push it/things(informal) to take a risk because you have successfully avoided problems in the pastYou didn't get caught last time, but don't push your luck!push your luck
push something to the back of your mind
to try to forget about something unpleasantI tried to push the thought to the back of my mind.push to the back of your mind