American English

Definition of push noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    using hands/arms/body
  1. 1an act of pushing something or someone She gave him a gentle push. The car won't start. Can you give it a push? At the push of a button (= very easily) he could get a whole list of names.
  2. of army
  3. 2a large and determined military attack a final push against the enemy (figurative) The firm has begun a major push into the European market.
  4. effort
  5. 3push for something a determined effort to achieve something The push for reform started in 2009.
  6. 4encouragement to do something He wants to open his own business, but needs a push in the right direction to get him started.
  7. Idioms
    when push comes to shove (informal)
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    when there is no other choice; when everything else has failed
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: push