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}. [1913 Webster]

Sidelong had pushed a mountain from his seat. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To thrust the points of the horns against; to gore. [1913 Webster]

If the ox shall push a manservant or maidservant, . . . the ox shall be stoned. --Ex. xxi. 32. [1913 Webster]

3. To press or urge forward; to drive; to push an objection too far. `` To push his fortune.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Ambition pushes the soul to such actions as are apt to procure honor to the actor. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

We are pushed for an answer. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

4. To bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass. [1913 Webster]

5. To importune; to press with solicitation; to tease. [1913 Webster]

{To push down}, to overthrow by pushing or impulse. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pushed — [puʃt] adj [not before noun] BrE informal 1.) be pushed for time/money etc to not have much time, money etc = ↑pressed ▪ I m a bit pushed for time today. 2.) too busy ▪ I d love to help, but I m a bit pushed at the moment. 3.) be (hard) pushed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pushed — [ puʃt ] adjective INFORMAL in difficulty because you do not have enough time or money: pushed for: We re pushed for time right now. be pushed to do something to have difficulty in doing something: be hard pushed to do something (=have a lot of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pushed — adjective (not before noun) informal 1 be pushed for to have difficulty finding enough time, money etc: I m always rather pushed for money at the end of the month. 2 too busy: I d love to help, but I m a bit pushed at the moment. 3 be (hard)… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pushed — UK [pʊʃt] / US adjective informal pushed (for time/money) in difficulty because you do not have enough time or money Can you pay? I m a bit pushed at the moment. pushed (for time/money) for: We re pushed for time right now. be pushed to do… …   English dictionary

  • pushed — [[t]p ʊʃt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ, usu ADJ for n If you are pushed for something such as time or money, you do not have enough of it. [BRIT, INFORMAL] He s going to be a bit pushed for money. (in AM, use pressed for) 2) PHRASE: V inflects… …   English dictionary

  • pushed — 1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. □ Tom s a little pushed and can’t walk very traight. □ How can you be so pushed on so little booze? 2. mod. addicted to a drug. (Drugs. See also push.) □ He’s pretty pushed …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pushed — /pʊʃt/ (say poosht) verb 1. past participle of push. –phrase 2. pushed for, in difficulties with; lacking: we re pushed for time …   Australian English dictionary

  • pushed —  1. Worried. Harassed.  2. Late. Short of time. Also pushed for time.  3. Extremely busy.  4. Short of cash …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • pushed — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. crowded, in trouble, in difficulty; see embarrassed …   English dictionary for students

  • pushed — pʊʃt adj. under pressure, pressed; in a difficult situation, in distress pʊʃ n. act of shoving or thrusting; shove, thrust; application of pressure; assault, attack; initiative, enterprise; help v. shove, thrust; urge, prod; apply pressure;… …   English contemporary dictionary

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