Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

push off

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theypush off
he/she/itpushes off
present participlepushing off
past tensepushed off
past participlepushed off
  1. 1
    [intransitive] informal old-fashioned to leave a place

    I'll wait ten minutes more; then I'll push off for home.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] [usually in imperative] British informal used for telling someone rudely and angrily to go away

    Push off, and leave me alone!

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a person or boat pushes off, or if you push a boat off, you sail away from the land

    I dragged the boat down to the water and pushed off.

See also main entry: push

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

dividend

a share of the profits of a company, paid once or twice a year to the people who own the...

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog