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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