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Definition of thrust verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thrust
    he / she / it thrusts
    past simple thrust
    -ing form thrusting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to push something or someone suddenly or violently in a particular direction; to move quickly and suddenly in a particular direction thrust something/somebody/yourself + adv/prep. He thrust the baby into my arms and ran off. She thrust her hands deep into her pockets. (figurative) He tends to thrust himself forward too much. Her chin was thrust forward aggressively. + adv./prep. She thrust past him angrily and left.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] thrust (at somebody) (with something) thrust (something at somebody) to make a sudden strong forward movement at someone with a weapon, etc. He thrust at me with a knife. a thrusting movement
  3. Idioms
    force/thrust/ram something down somebody's throat (informal)
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    to try to force someone to listen to and accept your opinions in a way that they find annoying
    Phrasal Verbsthrust somethingasidethrust something/somebody on/upon somebody
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