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push back

1. To move someone or something backward by exerting force against them or it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "push" and "back." Would you help me push the kitchen table back against the wall, please? I pushed him back when he got too close to me.
2. To stall, delay, or postpone something until a later time or date. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "push" and "back." They decided to push back the release date of their war film as a sign of respect to the victims of the attack. We've pushed this product back too much already—I want it out and in people's hands by the first of May, come hell or high water!
3. To resist, oppose, or protest something. The management tried to restructure the way employees' pensions would be paid, but workers pushed back hard. People are pushing back against proposed legislation that would limit their ability to travel outside the country.
See also: back, push

push someone or something back (from someone or something)

to move or force someone or something back from someone or something. I quickly pushed her back from the edge. She almost fell over. There wasn't enough room, so we pushed back the furniture. Tony pushed Jane back from the edge.
See also: back, push

push back

v.
1. To move or force something backward by applying pressure: Push that glass back from the edge of the table. The police managed to push back the protestors by using tear gas.
2. To delay something until a future time; postpone something: We should push back the deadline so that we have more time to work on the project. They pushed the meeting back to Thursday because two of the officers were sick.
See also: back, push
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With additional studies, heated deliberations and a legal fight expected to push back the next generation of a proposed guide for New Jersey's growth/no growth areas until late 2003 or 2004, attention needs to be refocused on initiatives that would streamline regulatory procedures to help spur development in mutually-accepted regions.
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In a relevant development on Saturday, the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces continued to push back militants in the Northern mountains of Lattakia province near the border with Turkey following hours of breathtaking battle.
ANZ says it was informed in April that first delivery had been pushed back to early 2012 but says today that Boeing has just confirmed a further delay that will push back delivery by a full year.
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He wants a second opinion, because he still has hopes of playing this season, meaning he'd push back surgery until after the season.