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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.
See also: accede, pressure

no pressure

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!"
See also: no, pressure

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.
See also: pressure, yield

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.
See also: on, pressure, put

push off

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.
See also: off, push

under pressure

1. Literally, forced through or into some vessel with great compressive force. The contents of this container are under pressure, so do no pierce it or expose it to fire or you could risk triggering an explosion. Crude oil underneath the ground can be under intense pressure, which is why it can erupt into a geyser when drilled into directly.
2. (While) facing or enduring a great amount of stress caused by some compelling or constraining influence. I can't talk now, I'm under pressure to get this done before the end of the day! Sorry, I'm just under so much pressure at work that it's made me rather irritable.
See also: pressure

pressure (one) into (doing something)

To try to force, influence, or persuade one to do something or act a certain way. A number of corporations have been pressuring politicians into rolling back the strict regulations implemented by the previous administration. My parents pressured me into getting a job since I decided not to go to college.
See also: pressure

take (one's) blood pressure

To measure one's blood pressure. I'll need to take your blood pressure before we begin. The doctor told me to take my blood pressure twice a day to see if there was any adverse reaction to the medication.
See also: blood, pressure, take

check (one's) blood pressure

To measure one's blood pressure. I'll need to check your blood pressure before we begin. The doctor told me to check my blood pressure twice a day to see if there was any adverse reaction to the medication.
See also: blood, check, pressure

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!
See also: pressure

push off

 and 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.
See also: off, push

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.
See also: off, push

push someone or something off (of) someone or something

 and 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.
See also: off, push

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.
See also: on, pressure, put

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.
See also: on, pressure, put

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.
See also: blood, pressure, take

*under pressure

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.
See also: pressure

push off

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]
See also: off, push

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.
See also: on, pressure, put, somebody

under ˈpressure

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.
See also: pressure

push off

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.
See also: off, push
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The regulated pressure (i.e., the pressure at the PRV outlet) was measured under an inlet pressure 1.5 times the declared preset pressure and at a flow rate corresponding to a reference velocity of 1 m [s.sup.-1], as recommended by ISO 10522.
Fans are characterized by their ability to produce pressure across a range of flow conditions.
As a matter of fact, according to the fan wheel theory (McPherson n.d., see Equation 10.13), the gain in velocity pressure of a fan wheel is the difference between the outlet and inlet pressures:
Malignant Hypertension: Patients who have very high blood pressure are said to have malignant hypertension, 200/120 or higher need treatment immediately.
People with high blood pressure often have no symptoms initially and feel fine.
There are an abundance of recipes available for pressure cooking.
To protect space explorers, today's spacesuits create air pressure by surrounding an astronaut's body with an air-filled bag.
Dynisco has some extrusion installations with networked pressure sensors using Foundation Fieldbus protocols at resin companies and one at a film processor on a pilot polyvinyl butyral line.
A typical constant pressure design usually calls for a three pump booster system with a small lead pump sized for 10-20% demand and two lag pumps sized for 40-50% demand.
To acquire these data, the fixed sliding ring of a GA-dust stop has been equipped with a pressure sensor.
It has long been thought that, in general, lowering alcohol intake reduces cardiovascular risk by reducing blood pressure. Yet alcohol wine lowered arterial pressure to a greater degree than dealcoholized wine in the present study's subjects.
By squeezing a sample of quartz to pressures higher than those deep within Earth while zapping the material with a laser, scientists have created an exotic mineral previously unknown on Earth.
Because of pressure fluctuations, both compressors ran simultaneously to prevent the header pressure from falling below 90 psig during periods of peak demand.
ASSE 1016 recognizes three basic types of bath and shower valves (figure 3): those that compensate for pressure changes only, known as Type P; those that compensate for temperature changes and, to a lesser degree, pressure fluctuations (Type T); and those known as "combination valves," or Type T/P, a hybrid of both pressure-balancing and thermostatic performance regulatory mechanisms.