Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!
accede to pressure
To bow down or yield to pressure from an outside force, especially as regards a political, business, or military action or decision. Congress was forced to accede to pressure from the public and abandon its proposal to increase taxes.
Said ironically to emphasize that what is being discussed carries a large amount of importance or makes one feel that one must try very hard to succeed. A: "I don't want you to feel intimidated, but this employee review will have a huge bearing on whether or not you're kept on at the end of the year." B: "Wow, no pressure or anything!"
yield to pressure
To give into outside forces urging someone to do something. Sally wasn't even going to apply for that boring job, but she yielded to pressure from her mother and submitted her resume nonetheless.
put pressure on (one)
To try to influence or persuade one to do something or act a certain way; to make demands on or expect something from someone. A number of companies have been putting pressure on politicians to ease up on corporate taxes and regulations. My parents have been putting pressure on me to get a job.
1. Literally, to push against a dock in order to move one's boat away from shore. I'll need you to push off while I steer the boat.
2. By extension, to leave or depart. We both need to be up early tomorrow, so we'll be pushing off soon.
3. In some sports, to push another player in order to propel oneself away and create more distance from them, typically in order to get "open" to receive a pass, etc. Such a maneuver is typically against the rules. You can clearly see in the replay that Williams pushed off. The refs missed that one.
high-pressure someone into something
Fig. to urge someone forcefully to do something. Here comes Jill. Watch out. She will try to high-pressure you into working on her committee. You can't high-pressure me into doing anything! I'm too busy!
pressure someone into something
to force someone into doing something. Please don't try to pressure me into taking that promotion. You can't pressure me into it. I won't do it!
push offand shove off
to leave. (As if one were pushing a boat away from a dock.) Well, it looks like it's time to push off. It's time to go. Let's shove off.
push (oneself) off (on something)
[for someone in a boat] to apply pressure to something on the shore, thus propelling the boat and oneself away. The weekend sailor pushed himself off on the boat he had been moored to. We pushed off on the dock.
push someone or something off (of) someone or somethingand push someone or something off
to apply pressure to and force someone or something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) He continued to come at me, but I managed to push him off me and escape. I pushed off the attacker.
put pressure on something
to apply weight or pressure to something. (See also put (the) pressure on someone (to do something).) Put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding. Put some pressure on the papers to flatten them out.
put (the) pressure on someone (to do something)
to make demands on someone; to try to get someone to do something. Please don't put pressure on me to go there! We put the pressure on him to get him to come, but he refused.
take someone's blood pressure
to measure a person's blood pressure. The doctor takes my blood pressure every time I am in the office. Bob takes his blood pressure at home every day.
1. and *under a deadline; *under the gun (about something) Fig. facing or enduring something such as pressure or a deadline. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I have to get back to work. I am under a deadline. I am under a lot of pressure lately. The management is under the gun for the mistakes made last year.
2. [of a gas or liquid] being forced, squeezed, or compressed. (*Typically: be ~; deliver something ~; put something ~.) The gas in the pipes leading to the oven are under pressure.
Also, shove off. Leave, set out, depart, as in The patrol pushed off before dawn, or It's time to shove off. This usage alludes to the literal meaning of a person in a boat pushing against the bank or dock to move away from the shore. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
put ˈpressure on somebody (to do something),
bring pressure to ˈbear (on somebody) (to do something)force or try to persuade somebody to do something: The landlord is putting pressure on us to move out. ♢ If the management won’t listen, we’ll have to bring some more pressure to bear.
1 if a liquid or a gas is kept under pressure, it is forced into a container so that when the container is opened, the liquid or gas escapes quickly
2 being forced to do something: The director is under increasing pressure to resign.
3 made to feel anxious about something you have to do: The team performs well under pressure.
1. To shove or thrust something or someone from a place: She climbed up to the roof and pushed off the snow. He pushed a glass off the table, and it shattered.
2. To set out; depart: The infantry patrol pushed off before dawn.
3. To launch or move away by pushing against a surface: I can jump higher when I push off the ground with my left foot. We got in the boat and pushed off from the dock.