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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
The crate was not quite so long as Michael, so that he was compelled to stand with the end of his nose pressing against the end of the crate.
"Vivat!" shouted the Poles, ecstatically, breaking their ranks and pressing against one another to see him.
It did so indeed, and much sooner than she had expected: before she had drunk half the bottle, she found her head pressing against the ceiling, and had to stoop to save her neck from being broken.
There sat the long-legged pauper, on his bed, in a very short shirt, and nothing more; he was dangling his legs contentedly back and forth, and wheezing the music of "Camptown Races" out of a paper-overlaid comb which he was pressing against his mouth; by him lay a new jewsharp, a new top, and solid india-rubber ball, a handful of painted marbles, five pounds of "store" candy, and a well-gnawed slab of gingerbread as big and as thick as a volume of sheet-music.
His elbow was pressing against some hard substance.
The affected man has appealed to the chairman SECP Islamabad to take notice of the alleged pressing against him and ensure release of his remaining dues.
Rihanna Singer unhappy as she fears she suffers from orange peel effect of fat pressing against skin, but there is no cure yet LOTS of women and some men in the UK are bothered at some time in their life by cellulite.
During swallowing, the nasopharynx is sealed off by the soft palate pressing against the back of the throat, thereby preventing food from entering into the windpipe.
The 32-year-old starlet's latest pic is from her pre-baby bump days, where she can be seen pressing against Kanye West, who can't help but stare at her ample cleavage, the Mirror reported.
Albion, who had completed a Carling Cup and FA Cup double over Posh last season, did most of the early pressing against their League One opponents.
His biggest beef with Kerry now is his support of the principle that Bush did not have to consult Congress again before invading Iraq--the subject of a lawsuit Bonifaz is pressing against the Administration.
If the universe were a finite bubble and there were an infinite number of universe bubbles packed tightly together, wouldn't the bubbles be changed into soccer-ball shapes by pressing against one another?
I have always wondered, as well, whether the kissing sounds that dominated his last interview with Pierre Trudeau came from Gzowski's lips pressing against The Great Canadian Helmsman's hands- or some other part of his body.
This picture is more accurate than I realized; it shows hope pressing against collapse.