push / poŏsh/ • v. 1. [tr.] exert force on (someone or something), typically with one's hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force: she pushed her glass toward him he pushed a card under the door| [intr.] he pushed at the skylight, but it wouldn't budge. ∎ [tr.] hold and exert force on (something) so as to cause it to move along in front of one: a woman was pushing a stroller. ∎ move one's body or a part of it into a specified position, esp. forcefully or with effort: she pushed her hands into her pockets. ∎ [tr.] press (a part of a machine or other device): he pushed the button for the twentieth floor. ∎ fig. affect (something) so that it reaches a specified level or state: they expect that the huge crop will push down prices.2. [intr.] move forward by using force to pass people or cause them to move aside: she pushed her way through the crowded streets he pushed past an old woman in his haste. ∎ (of an army) advance over territory: the guerrillas have pushed south to within 100 miles of the capital. ∎ exert oneself to attain something or surpass others: I was pushing hard until about 10 laps from the finish. ∎ (push for) demand persistently: the council continued to push for the better management of water resources. ∎ [tr.] compel or urge (someone) to do something, esp. to work hard: she believed he was pushing their daughter too hard. ∎ (be pushed) inf. have very little of something, esp. time: I'm a bit pushed for time at the moment. ∎ (be pushing) inf. be nearly (a particular age): she must be pushing forty, but she's still a good looker.3. [tr.] inf. promote the use, sale, or acceptance of: the company is pushing a $500 asking price. ∎ put forward (an argument or demand) with undue force or in too extreme a form: he thought that the belief in individualism had been pushed too far. ∎ sell (a narcotic drug) illegally.4. [tr.] Comput. prepare (a stack) to receive a piece of data on the top. ∎ transfer (data) to the top of a stack.5. [tr.] Photog. develop (film) so as to compensate for deliberate underexposure.• n. 1. an act of exerting force on someone or something in order to move them away from oneself: he closed the door with a push. ∎ an act of pressing a part of a machine or device: the door locks at the push of a button. ∎ fig. something that encourages or assists something else: the fall in prices was given a push by official policy.2. a vigorous effort to do or obtain something: many clubs are joining in the fund-raising push | he determined to make one last push for success. ∎ a military attack in force: the army was engaged in a push against guerrilla strongholds. ∎ forcefulness and enterprise: an investor with the necessary money and push.PHRASES: get (or give someone) the push (or shove) Brit., inf. be dismissed (or dismiss someone) from a job. ∎ be rejected in (or end) a relationship.push someone's buttonssee button.pushing up daisiessee daisy.push one's luck inf. take a risk on the assumption that one will continue to be successful or in favor.when push comes to shove inf. when one must commit oneself to an action or decision: when push came to shove, I always stood up for him.PHRASAL VERBS: push ahead proceed with or continue a course of action or policy: he promised to push ahead with economic reform.push someone around inf. treat someone roughly or inconsiderately.push off use an oar, boathook, etc., to exert pressure so as to move a boat out from shore or away from another vessel. push on continue on a journey: the light was already fading, but she pushed on.push something through get a proposed measure completed or accepted quickly.
Push ★ 2006 (R)
Unoriginal drug story set in Miami. Bartender Joe (Lindberg) gets his greedy pals Micky (DePaolo) and Kevin (Forsythe) involved in a scheme to push Ecstasy for drug lord Paul (Sanchez). Naturally, they get in too deep and bad things happen. 105m/C DVD . Chad Lindberg, Otto Sanchez, Chazz Palminteri, Charlotte Ayanna, William DePaolo, Pierce Forsythe, Michael Rappaport; D: Dave Rodriguez; W: Dave Rodriguez, Ben Carlin; C: Steve Goodman; M: Tommy Finno.
when push comes to shove when one must commit oneself to an action or decision, if the worst comes to the worst.
See also push the boat out.
a press; a throng; a crowd; a moving school or shoal of fish, 1878.
Examples : push of convicts (Australian), 1890; of Larrikins (Australian for convicts), 1890; of men, 1866; of people, 1718; of water, 1886.
Hence sb. XVI.