press (something) into (something)

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press (something) into (something)

To force someone or something into some space or crevice. The criminal pressed the hostages into a supply closet and locked the door. I pressed the part into the right slot, but the machine still didn't work.
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press something into something

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1. to force something into something, such as a mold. Now, you need to press the clay into the mold carefully. Now, hold the mold with one hand and press in the clay.
2. to force or drive something into the surface of something. You are standing on my chewing gum, and you have pressed it into the carpet! Don't press in the gum by standing on it.
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Ward pressed something into her side, told her to be quiet, then the pair raided her backpack.
One evening he left his lodgings in Ledsam Street, near what is now the National Indoor Arena and was walking down New Street "when a giggling chit of a girl" broke away from her companions with whom she was standing on Hill Street corner and pressed something into his hand as she ran past him.
"Another night, I was speaking to the audience when she pressed something into my hand.
Detective Constable Neil Beasley, of South Wales Police, said: ``This did not happen but he pressed something into the man's back and sounded menacing.'' The thief was white, aged between 18 and his early 20s and about 5ft 7in to 5ft 9in tall.