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press (something) (up)on (one)

To urge or try to persuade someone to take or accept something. Despite our protests, my parents pressed the money on us to help pay for the wedding. He pressed the documents on the reporter, insisting that it would be a huge story.
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press on

1. To apply physical force or pressure on someone or something, typically with one's fingers. Next, press on the big red button—that should reset it. What about here? Does it hurt when I press on it? This part is out of place, which is making this piece press on the fan.
2. To push or lean against someone or something. It's stuck—something is pressing on the door! It was awful having so many people press on me in the crowded train.
3. To cause something to stick onto some surface by applying pressure down on it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "press" and "on." He pressed the temporary tattoo on his arm. Make sure you press on the sticker for at least fifteen seconds, or it won't stay in place.
4. To continue or try to do something with determination, especially when facing hardships or setbacks. It was discouraging to learn that our budget had been cut, but we pressed on in the hopes of recovering our investment costs. We have to press on. We've come too far to turn back now!
5. To challenge someone insistently on some point or argument. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "press" and "on." The detective pressed the suspect on his alibi. The prosecutor kept pressing the witness on her statement.
6. To insist that someone accept something, especially a gift. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "press" and "on." My mother always presses all sorts of unnecessary gifts on the kids whenever we come to visit.
See also: on, press
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

press (up)on someone or something

to put pressure on someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) The crowd pressed upon the child, squeezing out all his breath. The load presses on your car's springs very heavily.
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press something (up)on someone

to urge or force something on someone; to try to get someone to accept something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) He always presses second helpings upon his guests. She pressed a gift on us that we could not refuse.
See also: on, press

press on something

to push or depress something, such as a button, catch, snap, etc. Press on this button if you require room service. Don't press on this because it rings a loud bell.
See also: on, press

press on(ward)

to continue; to continue to try. Don't give up! Press onward! I have lots to do. I must press on.
See also: on, press
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

press on

1. To apply direct pressure to something: I pressed on the edge of the table, and it tipped over.
2. To continue doing something with determination and despite setbacks: Despite their exhaustion, the climbers pressed on toward the summit.
See also: on, press
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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However, a godly press upon the lever would open a trap door that would drop an adequate food supply into the container.
Attorney General John Ashcroft told press upon announcement of the extradition.
The diminution of the seals would afford a respite to some fish that they had persecuted; and these fish, in their turn, would then multiply and press upon their peculiar prey.
How his mind was always filled with music How he strove and strove from the age of fifteen in an orchard clouded with applebloom to the age of seventy-five in this so small and shabby room strove to invent a poem that would cry out in the variable textures of Bechet's soprano sax or Webster's tenor soaring growling whispering How he always failed How he toiled as the years came more and more to press upon his will although he nevertheless never permitted himself to give up How he says to himself now Is this a life And how it must be for what else can it be How he would have liked even so something more Or something a little less.
Mannan had to press upon the general population the idea that this was a credit card for the average consumer.
An apt subtitle for this collection of Paul Bowles's work would be "Cases of Disappearance." While the American characters are far away, usually in North Africa, while they move and breathe in a landscape and culture that press upon them, the central fact seems to be their instability, their passivity, their lack of any "homing sense." What happens to them seems less a matter of aggression or being overpowered than a matter of being taken in, absorbed, transmuted into something else, neither American nor "native." So often, too, it occurs in the course of taking extra steps, of actually walking "too far."
It is interesting to note that presently, in the absence of the crushed secular and democratic forces in many of these countries, there is a formidable challenge from the Islamic opposition which understands perfectly well how to press upon the weakest links.
This piriformis muscle, which rifts the leg sideways, may become inflamed because of overexertion or injury and press upon the sciatic nerve.
The American Newspaper Association disagrees vehemently with such controls, saying that newsprint regulation threatens the free press upon which U.S.
"The local Congress unit will undertake 'sadbhavan anshan' on June 29 at 11 am to press upon Rahul Gandhi to take back his decision to resign from the post of Congress chief," a press note by Congress committee in Kanpur said.
They vowed to use all available forums and take steps to press upon the government to withdraw the proposed authority and initiate a meaningful dialogue with the stakeholders to formulate an acceptable media policy.
We urge you to urgently establish as proposed by the OHCHR a UN commission of inquiry to conduct comprehensive and independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir to end the cycles of violence and ensure accountability for past and current violations and abuses, and provide redress for victims and to press upon New Delhi to stop the gross human rights violations forthwith.
The Foreign Office must ask for the names of all of its detained citizens and it must press upon Iran to specify which prisoners qualify for amnesty and ensure that their reviews are filed, and sentences commuted.
He said among other suggestions to the new government, Association would press upon the need to mainstream women labour, so that women (formal and informal) workers might get employments at their doorstep.
upon the UNHRC to press upon India to immediately stop human rights