give (one) the push

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give (one) the push

1. To fire one. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that my boss is going to give me the push.
2. To end a relationship with a romantic partner; to break up with one. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. No, Susan is single again—she gave Kelly the push.
3. To provide one with the necessary motivation, encouragement, or incentive (to do something). I'm hoping this positive feedback will give Jim the push he needs to finally finish writing his novel. The thought of having her own office gave Sarah the push to apply for the promotion.
See also: give, push
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give someone (or get) the push (or shove)

dismiss someone (or be dismissed) from a job; reject someone (or be rejected) in a relationship. British informal
See also: give, push, someone
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give somebody/get the ˈpush

(British English, informal)
1 tell somebody/be told to leave your job: He was stealing from the firm so the manager gave him the push.The company is in trouble. Who will be the next to get the push?
2 end a relationship with somebody/be rejected by somebody you have had a relationship with: His girlfriend gave him the push and he’s a bit upset.Why is it always me that gets the push? What’s wrong with me?
See also: get, give, push, somebody
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However, Shiotani's goal in the last minutes of the first half gave us the push and the power to return to the match and the team's reaction was up to expectations."
They gave us the push and gave us the added confidence to come back,' he said.
Mark Williams says: "We have looked at poultry farming for the last 10 years and the uncertainty created by Brexit - bearing in mind that most of our income has been provided by lamb trade and farm support payments - gave us the push we needed to make the decision and get the ball rolling." The planning process started in early 2015 and after lots of drawings, surveys and modelling, planning permission was granted in November 2015.
"We have looked at poultry farming for the last 10 years and the uncertainty created by Brexit gave us the push we needed to get the ball rolling," said Mark.
"We were stuck in a horrible rut, but time apart gave us the push we needed."
And, in many ways this advice gave us the push we needed to start homeschooling.
When Sara died unexpectedly of cancer this past January, "people donated money and gave us the push we needed," says Miller.
The bed and breakfast is something that we had dreamed about for many years and the current downturn in the property market gave us the push we needed to make it a reality.
Ms Machell said: ``Although the Ofsted was very harsh at the time, it gave us the push to make the improvements that needed to be made.''
'We had already been speaking about setting up the agency before September 11, but I think that gave us the push we needed to go ahead and do it,' she said.
``We'd been plodding along, talking about getting married for ages, so your competition really gave us the push we needed.
"We have looked at poultry farming for the last 10 years and the uncertainty created by Brexit - bearing in mind that most of our income has been provided by the lamb trade and farm support payments - gave us the push we needed," said Mr Williams.
Claire says: "When my grandad came through it gave us the push we needed to get it sorted."
"I am thankful to the helper - she gave us the push to do something."