Pronunciation: (poosh),[key] —v.t. 1. to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.
2. to move (something) in a specified way by exerting force; shove; drive: to push something aside; to push the door open. 3. to effect or accomplish by thrusting obstacles aside: to push one's way through the crowd. 4. to cause to extend or project; thrust.
5. to press or urge to some action or course: His mother pushed him to get a job. 6. to press (an action, proposal, etc.) with energy and insistence: to push a bill through Congress. 7. to carry (an action or thing) toward a conclusion or extreme: She pushed the project to completion. 8. to press the adoption, use, sale, etc., of: to push inferior merchandise on customers. 9. to press or bear hard upon, as in dealings with someone: The prosecutor pushed him for an answer. 10. to put into difficulties because of the lack of something specified (usually fol. by for): to be pushed for time. 11. Slang.to peddle (illicit drugs).
12. Informal.to be approaching a specific age, speed, or the like: The maestro is pushing ninety-two. 13. Photog.to modify (film processing) to compensate for underexposure.
—v.i. 1. to exert a thrusting force upon something.
2. to use steady force in moving a thing away; shove.
3. to make one's way with effort or persistence, as against difficulty or opposition.
4. to extend or project; thrust: The point of land pushed far out into the sea. 5. to put forth vigorous or persistent efforts.
6. Slang.to sell illicit drugs.
7. to move on being pushed: a swinging door that pushes easily. 8. push around, to treat contemptuously and unfairly; bully: She's not the kind of person who can be pushed around. 9. push off,Informal.to go away; depart: We stopped at Denver for the night and were ready to push off again the following morning. 10. push on, to press forward; continue; proceed: The pioneers, despite overwhelming obstacles, pushed on across the plains. 11. push one's luck. See luck (def. 9).
—n. 1. the act of pushing; a shove or thrust.
2. a contrivance or part to be pushed in order to operate a mechanism.
3. a vigorous onset or effort.
4. a determined advance against opposition, obstacles, etc.
5. a vigorous and determined military attack or campaign: The big push began in April. 6. the pressure of circumstances, activities, etc.
7. Informal.persevering energy; enterprise.
8. Informal.a crowd or company of people.
9. Brit.dismissal from a job; sack.
10. Australian Slang.a gang of hoodlums.
11. when or if push comes to shove, when or if matters are ultimately confronted or resolved; when or if a problem must be faced; in a crucial situation: If push comes to shove, the government will impose quotas on imports.