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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pushing and shoving
▪ Everyone was pushing and shoving to see the prince.
▪ a young woman pushing a pram
be pushing 40/50 etc
▪ Burt's probably pushing 50 by now.
be pushing up (the) daisies
▪ It's lucky I was sent here, to Hepzibah, or I'd be pushing up daisies.
be pushing up (the) daisies
▪ It's lucky I was sent here, to Hepzibah, or I'd be pushing up daisies.
must/should etc be pushing along
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Push \Push\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pushed; p. pr. & vb. n. Pushing.] [OE. possen, pussen, F. pousser, fr. L. pulsare, v. intens. fr. pellere, pulsum, to beat, knock, push. See Pulse a beating, and cf. Pursy.]

  1. To press against with force; to drive or impel by pressure; to endeavor to drive by steady pressure, without striking; -- opposed to draw.

    Sidelong had pushed a mountain from his seat.

  2. To thrust the points of the horns against; to gore.

    If the ox shall push a manservant or maidservant, . . . the ox shall be stoned.
    --Ex. xxi. 32.

  3. To press or urge forward; to drive; to push an objection too far. `` To push his fortune.''

    Ambition pushes the soul to such actions as are apt to procure honor to the actor.

    We are pushed for an answer.

  4. To bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass.

  5. To importune; to press with solicitation; to tease.

    To push down, to overthrow by pushing or impulse.


Pushing \Push"ing\, a. Pressing forward in business; enterprising; driving; energetic; also, forward; officious, intrusive. -- Push"ing*ly, adv.

  1. 1 That pushes forward; pressing, driving. 2 (label en now rare) Aggressively assertive; pushy. n. The act by which something is pushed. v

  2. 1 (present participle of push English) 2 deal illicit drugs, especially to minors.

  1. adj. marked by aggressive ambition and energy and initiative; "an aggressive young exective"; "a pushful insurance agent"; "a pushing youth intent on getting on in the world" [syn: aggressive, enterprising, pushful, pushy]

  2. n. the act of applying force in order to move something away; "he gave the door a hard push"; "the pushing is good exercise" [syn: push]


Usage examples of "pushing".

People afoot pushing out of the tunnel behind him shoved them aside, but he just stared, too.

Pacino waited for the deck to vibrate with the energy of 52,000-shaft horsepower back aft pushing them through the ocean.

The prince went up to the arguers, asked what it was about, and, politely pushing Lebedev and Keller aside, delicately addressed a gray-haired and stocky gentleman, who was standing on the porch steps at the head of several other aspirants, and invited him to do him the honor of favoring him with his visit.

John Barrymore Dix, the Armorer, as he stood by her elbow, pushing back his fedora.

She would be swinging in the midst of them, with one tiny black maiden on the seat beside her, and one little black man with high stomach and shaven poll holding on to the rope behind her, and another mighty Moor in a diminutive white jellab pushing at their feet in front, and all laughing together, or the children singing as the swing rose, and she herself listening with head aslant and all her fair hair rip-rip-rippling down her back and over her neck, and her smiling white face resting on her shoulder.

She was scarcely out of the room before I was in despair at not having followed the inclination of my nature, and, astonished at the fact that Bettina could do to me all she was in the habit of doing without feeling any excitement from it, while I could hardly refrain from pushing my attacks further, I would every day determine to change my way of acting.

Pushing past her pain, she focused her thoughts on sending her energy into the auric thread.

Taniquel insisted they were pushing him too fast, while Auster glowered and accused Kennard and Elorie of coddling him.

Somewhat rudely pushing the azimuth operator aside, Corporal Hart examined the glowing images on the display tube with the utmost care.

It was bad enough having someone in the bakery with me some of the time, so I could teach him what to do and keep an eye on him while he did it: humming was pushing it.

Then came archers of the guard, shrill-voiced women of the camp, English pages with their fair skins and blue wondering eyes, dark-robed friars, lounging men-at-arms, swarthy loud-tongued Gascon serving-men, seamen from the river, rude peasants of the Medoc, and becloaked and befeathered squires of the court, all jostling and pushing in an ever-changing, many-colored stream, while English, French, Welsh, Basque, and the varied dialects of Gascony and Guienne filled the air with their babel.

Her bedgown was around her waist, his night-shirt was rucked up and he was pushing himself rhythmically against her.

We placed beneath it two stools, one beside the other, and when we had stepped upon them the monk with arms crossed and head foremost began to make his way through the hole, and taking him by the thighs, and afterwards by the legs, I succeeded in pushing him through, and though it was dark I felt quite secure, as I knew the surroundings.

Archers from the New Forest and the Forest of Bere, billmen from the pleasant country which is watered by the Stour, the Avon, and the Itchen, young cavaliers from the ancient Hampshire houses, all were pushing for Christchurch to take service under the banner of the five scarlet roses.

The noise was caused by Millie Swain pushing her way out of the row, under the cover of the heavy applause for Randall Birley, or was it for Helen Troy?