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.
See also: push

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.
See also: push
References in classic literature ?
I will push against him just as much as he pushes against me.
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.
Indeed, in the run-up to the vote, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is warning already of possible ballot fraud and is calling for a last push against the military-backed ruling party.
BRITISH special forces troops are desperately hunting down anti-aircraft missiles in Libya in advance of a massive push against Colonel Gaddafi.
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.
Summary: Sri Lankan civilians fled war zone as military continued to push against Tamil Tiger rebels.
2 : to charge or push against <Our boat was bucking the waves.
They find these spaces and the walls they can push against.
A SOLDIER killed in Afghanistan had cancelled his leave to help with the latest push against the Taliban, his fiancee said.
For instance, which forces push against the athlete and how would he or she adjust the body to balance the forces?
Contested scrums occur when the teams' opposing sets of forwards "bind" together and push against each other in an attempt to win the ball following a restart.
If you're standing, spread your toes like a cat spreading its paws and push against your toes to lift up your instep.
Accentuate the backward push against the ground, and not just a forceful push downward, otherwise you'll bounce up and down rather than propel your body horizontally across the ground.