push against

push against

1. To put constant forceful pressure on someone or something. People kept pushing against me from behind while I was trying to watch the show. I can't open the door because something on the other side is pushing against it.
2. To press, shove, or thrust someone or something in forcible contact with someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "push" and "against." The bully pushed Billy against the wall and threatened to steal his lunch money. Someone pushed a table against the door from the other side so no one could open it.
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push (up) against someone or something

to put pressure on someone or something. The small dog pushed up against me, wagging its tail. Push up against the ceiling tile while I try to tack it back in place.
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push something (up) against someone or something

to press something against someone or something. I pushed the chair up against the door to prevent the robber from getting in. Accidentally, I pushed the door against Donna and hurt her sore elbow.
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References in classic literature ?
I will push against him just as much as he pushes against me." At last I made up my mind completely.
You seemed to push against me....Oh, I can see you still, I can see you still!"
A total of 182 religious schools were taken into state custody and detained more than 100 people as part of a push against banned groups, followed by the freezing of their accounts and seizure of assets.
The move is part of a growing push against the involvement of Chinese technology firms on security grounds.
Ahmed - who played 338 international matches, participated in three Olympics and various other high-profile events in a career spanning from 1986 to 2000 - was a sporting icon in Pakistan since helping the country win the 1994 World Cup in Sydney with his penalty stroke push against the Netherlands in the final.
Speaking on the occasion, Pir Sialvi said he did not have any political ambitions and would not be a part of Pakistan Awami Tehreek's push against the Sharifs and Mr Sanaullah.
Tsutsui's prose works at a rapid pace that grabs readers and takes them along for a ride through a Japan that seeks to constantly push against the established notions of what literature is.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign-backed Takfiri militants suffered major losses in nearby areas of Daraa and Damascus provinces, as the Syrian troops continued to make push against the armed groups.
We must push against all injustices, blackmails, acts of belittlement in order for later on be joyful that we have and we alone deserved our democratic and legal country of Macedonia, Naunovski concludes.
Bamako : French-led troops in Mali on Monday controlled access to the city of Timbuktu after securing the airport of the fabled desert city as part of their push against Islamists, military officials in Paris and Bamako said.
Caption: Eight members of Cushman & Wakefield's Future Leaders (CWFL) Group joined forces to compete in the "Push Against Cancer" competition run by the Fitness Factory in Westport, Conn on June 2, 2012.
BRITISH special forces troops are desperately hunting down anti-aircraft missiles in Libya in advance of a massive push against Colonel Gaddafi.
Gangs responded to the push against strongholds where they have held sway for decades by setting up roadblocks to rob motorists, torching more than 40 cars and buses and shooting at police posts.
Summary: The British army is continuing its push against the Taliban after successfully capturing key territory.
AFTER defeats in their last two away contests, Sporting Fingal will aim to maintain their title push against Limerick tonight at Jackman Park.