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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
References in classic literature ?
The nobles looked at him in astonishment, and one of them grasped the fellow none too gently by the shoulder to push him back to his proper place.
She tried to push him back out and started to scream but he punched her in the head and face.
CARDIFF City captain Graham Kavanagh is hoping his return to Division One can push him back into the international fold with the Republic of Ireland.
A brief thought flickered through my tired mind: I could stand there and wait until he got to the top, then push him back to the bottom.
Federer only has Kei Nishikori in his half of the draw capable of pushing him and, even if he did, Fed would probably push him back.
Kai, however, probably couldn't wait for mum to push him back to their room.
His last scan was very positive so we go cautiously, step by step, because we tried to push him back quicker and had a setback.
Let's hope it won't push him back to rehab with "rejection issues"...