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1. To continue doing something or going somewhere with determination or resolve. They pushed on through the snow, hoping to reach the village before sundown. Despite the negative feedback to the announcement, we pushed on with development.
2. To stop or pause an activity, discussion, or topic, and move on to another one. I think we're getting hung up on the details. Let's push on to the next issue and come back to this later. This game is fun, but let's push on and see what else there is to do at the carnival.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
push someone or something on (ahead) (of someone or something)
to move or propel someone or something ahead. He did not want to go in with me, but I pushed him on forward or ahead of me. I went into each room to clean it, pushing the laundry carton ahead. She paused for a moment to rest, and then pushed the baby stroller on.
push on (with something)
to continue to try to make progress with something. Let's push on with this project. We must finish it soon. Yes, let's push on and finish.
push on someone or something
to put pressure on someone or something. Don't push on me! I can't move any faster than the person in front of me! Push on this button if you want the steward to come. Push on the door a little. It will open.
push on(to something)
1. to move on to another topic; to stop doing one thing and move on to another. Okay. Let's push on to the next topic. Let us push on. We are nearly finished with the list.
2. to travel onward to something or some place. We left Denver and pushed on to Omaha. Let us push on. We are nearly there.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Also, press on. Continue or proceed along one's way, as in The path was barely visible, but we pushed on, or It's time to push on to the next item on the agenda. [Early 1700s]
2. push something on someone. Thrust something on someone for acceptance or attention, as in She's always pushing second helpings on her guests. [Early 1700s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To apply pressure to something: Push on the green button to open the door.
2. To continue in a determined manner, despite setbacks or difficulties: The terrain was rugged, but the travelers pushed on. I have to push on with my final term paper.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.