nudge aside

nudge aside

1. To move someone or something out of one's path with a gentle push or bump. I had to nudge people aside so we could reach the exit. Just nudge aside those boxes if you need more room.
2. To remove someone from a position of power or authority, especially subtle, conniving, or duplicitous means. After promoting my son-in-law to vice president of the company, I get the feeling that he's trying to nudge me aside completely. The board voted to discreetly nudge aside the CEO following his public breakdown.
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nudge someone or something aside

to push or bump someone or something out of the way. We nudged the old man aside and went on ahead. She nudged aside the cat to make room on the sofa.
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Dominating the nominations is the phenomenally successful Titanic, and while there may be icebergs lurking in other categories, it's reasonable to assume that any likely board-sweeping will nudge aside the animated Disney's annual Award to include Original Song (My Heart Will Go On, warbled by Celine Dion) and James Horner's chart-topping Original Dramatic Score.