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noun push pronunciation in British English /pʊʃ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a movement in which you push someone or something using part of your body, especially your hands

    He opened the door with a violent push.

    give someone/something a push:

    Jan helped me give the car a push.

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  2. 2
    [countable] a determined attempt to do something
    push for:

    an unsuccessful push for financial reform

    a push to do something:

    The two sides began a final push to reach an agreement before the deadline.

  3. 3
    [singular] a way of encouraging or forcing someone to do something that they do not want to do
    give someone a push (to do something):

    I knew I could do it – I just needed someone to give me an extra push.

    need a push (to do something):

    Some people need a little push to make new friends.

  4. 4
    [countable] a movement by an army further into or through a country or area, using force
    push on:

    The army begin their push on the town at dawn.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] the energy and determination to achieve something

    She’s got the push to get to the top in any business.

  6. 6
    [singular] informal something that is difficult to do, especially because you do not have much time

    It’ll be a bit of a push, but we’ll manage it.


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