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press forward

1. To propel someone or something forward by pressing or leaning on them or it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "press" and "forward." We need to press this part forward so it lines up with the rest of the machine. Someone pressed me forward when the captain asked for volunteers.
2. To continue moving forward, especially in spite of a physical impediment of some kind. We kept pressing forward through the thick jungle foliage. I know everyone is tired, but we should press forward and get to camp before it gets too dark.
3. To continue making progress (in something), especially in spite of some kind of difficulty, setback, problem, etc. The loss of our chief researcher is tough, but we're going to press forward with our project nonetheless. I just hope the two governments keep pressing forward with discussions for a peace agreement.
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press forward

to move forward; to struggle forward; to continue. Do not be discouraged. Let us press forward. We must press forward and complete this work on time.
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For at this point the soothsayer interrupted the greeting of Zarathustra and his guests: he pressed forward as one who had no time to lose, seized Zarathustra's hand and exclaimed: "But Zarathustra!
"Well, Michael Mitrich, sir?" he said, addressing one of the battalion commanders who smilingly pressed forward (it was plain that they both felt happy).
Vanderburgh and Dripps, however, the two resident partners of the opposite company, by extraordinary exertions were enabled soon to put themselves upon their traces, and pressed forward with such speed as to overtake them just as they had reached the heart of the beaver country.
As he pressed forward he became conscious that his way was haunted by invisible existences whom he could not definitely figure to his mind.
The question of the Native Tribes had been brought up incidentally in the Commission of the 2nd of June, and had been pressed forward actively by Alexey Alexandrovitch as one admitting of no delay on account of the deplorable condition bf the native tribes.
The man who carried her was now forced to turn and fight off the enemy that pressed forward past Number Twelve.
When we reached Tenedos we offered sacrifices to the gods, for we were longing to get home; cruel Jove, however, did not yet mean that we should do so, and raised a second quarrel in the course of which some among us turned their ships back again, and sailed away under Ulysses to make their peace with Agamemnon; but I, and all the ships that were with me pressed forward, for I saw that mischief was brewing.
Eagerly and anxiously the little party pressed forward by the light of the pocket electric lamps.
They pressed forward to see; but one among them thrusting the others aside with a loud exclamation, drew a clasp-knife from his pocket, and dashing into the room, cut down the body.
The soldiers closed in around their captain; and he and Roger Williams stood together under the banner of the Red Cross; while the women and the aged men pressed forward, and the mothers held up their children to look Endicott in the face.
Paris A humanitarian conference on war-torn Yemen, announced earlier this year by French President Emmanuel Macron, has been downgraded to an expert meeting as a Saudi-led coalition and its allied forces pressed forward with their offensive on Yemen's biggest port.
The board of Thomson Reuters (TRI, TRIN) pressed forward with plans to sell a portion of the business to Blackstone Group (BX) for $17B despite concerns by board chairman David Thomson that directors had failed to seek a higher price or mull other possible suitors, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people close to the deal.
Summary: Rebel groups in southern Syria pressed forward Wednesday with their offensive and targeted a military airport on the edge of the Druze-majority province of Swaida.
Edinburgh pressed forward, however, and McKay secured a well-deserved point.
Town pressed forward but they were caught by a breakaway goal against the run of play on 59 minutes and then by a penalty 10 minutes later.