press against (someone or something)

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press against (someone or something)

1. To push or lean against someone or something. There's a big piece of sheet metal pressing against the door we're trying to get open. Stop pressing against me, would you? You need to wait your turn like everyone else.
2. To push or lean someone or something against another person or thing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "press" and "against." She pressed him against the door and leaned in for a kiss. He just kept pressing his fingers against the side of his head. Please don't press your feet against me like that.
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press something against someone or something

to push or force something against someone or something. The person in line behind Betty kept pressing his elbow against her. I pressed my hand against the door and it opened.
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press against someone or something

to push or bear upon someone or something. I pressed against Henry, trying gently to get him to move out of the way. Don't press against the glass door!
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References in classic literature ?
And so standing, his head pressed against the top, a rut in the road, jolting the wagon and its contents, caused his head to bump violently.
She wept for very pleasure when she felt their little arms clasping her; their hard, ruddy cheeks pressed against her own glowing cheeks.
In any case he remained motionless, while I, hearing, as I thought, the sound of some help approaching, pressed against him with redoubled vigour, and continued to shout for assistance.
After pushing the skirts of his coat between Nikita and the sides of the sledge, and holding down its hem with his knees, Vasili Andreevich lay like that face down, with his head pressed against the front of the sledge.
His head ached horribly, and he felt sick and sore; but he managed to crawl from the cot on which he lay, and by steadying his swaying body with hands pressed against the wall he was able to reach the door.
I am all unstrung." He felt her body tremble as it pressed against his.
Before, when population pressed against the means of subsistence, the excess population had been swept away by famine.
"Ah," he said, after a long search, "I have it!" And, raising his finger above his head, he pressed against a corner in the pattern of the paper.
The band pressed against the tree, and closely embracing it, yields a pretty firm support; while with the arms clasped about the trunk, and at regular intervals sustaining the body, the feet are drawn up nearly a yard at a time, and a corresponding elevation of the hands immediately succeeds.
Buckingham rose, his features distorted, and his hands pressed against his heart.
Slowly she turned her head until her hot lips were pressed against his flesh.
He was musing tenderly on his Claire, who was assisting him in the process by singing in the drawing-room, when he was aware of a figure, the sinister figure of a man who, pressed against the netting of the porch, stared into the lighted room beyond.
There was a wild recklessness of gaiety in his manner as he sat at table, but now and then a thrill of terror ran through him when he remembered that, pressed against the window of the conservatory, like a white handkerchief, he had seen the face of James Vane watching him.
Her eyes were filled with a strange, weird light; her voice was pleading, and her little hands, reached up upon my breast, were pressed against me as though to wring a denial from my very heart.
Catherine began to feel something of disappointment -- she was tired of being continually pressed against by people, the generality of whose faces possessed nothing to interest, and with all of whom she was so wholly unacquainted that she could not relieve the irksomeness of imprisonment by the exchange of a syllable with any of her fellow captives; and when at last arrived in the tea-room, she felt yet more the awkwardness of having no party to join, no acquaintance to claim, no gentleman to assist them.