1 act of pushing
ADJ. big, hard | gentle, little
VERB + PUSH give sb/sth She gave him a gentle push towards the door.
PHRASES at the push of a button The machine washes and dries at the push of a button.
2 effort to do/obtain sth
ADJ. big | final
PREP. ~ against the final push against the enemy | ~ for There has been a big push for better public transport. | ~ towards a push towards organic food
1 use force to move sb/sth away from you
ADV. firmly, hard You'll have to push harder if you want it to move. | roughly, violently | gently | carefully | deliberately He was deliberately pushed into the path of the vehicle. | hastily, hurriedly, quickly | slowly | suddenly | just, merely, simply Jack flung himself at Steve, but he simply pushed him away. | aside, away, back, down, home, inside, over, together She leaned on the door and pushed the bolt home. They pushed the two desks together.
VERB + PUSH try to | manage to | begin to
PREP. across, against The fans pushed against the barrier. | at She pushed at the door but it wouldn't budge. | into, off, out of He pushed her roughly out of the door. | through, to The woman had been pushed violently to the ground. | towards, under She found a note pushed under the door.
PHRASES push sth open/shut He managed to push the window open a few inches.
2 move forward by pushing people
ADV. roughly | blindly
VERB + PUSH try to | begin to I began to push my way through the crowd.
PREP. past She pushed blindly past him and made for the door. | through pushing through the crowd
PHRASES push and shove People were pushing and shoving to get to the front. | push your way A man pushed his way to the front of the crowd.
3 put pressure on sb/yourself
ADV. hard Lucy should push herself a little harder. | too far Her parents are very tolerant, but sometimes she pushes them too far. | around Don't allow yourself to be pushed around by that bully.
PREP. into Her parents pushed her into accepting the job.
PHRASES push sb/yourself to the limit He felt he was being pushed to the limits of his self-control. PHRASAL VERBS push for sth
ADV. hard They're pushing hard for a ban on GM foods.
VERB + PUSH have to I'm going to have to push you for an answer.