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push past

1. To move in front of someone or something forcibly or by pushing them or it out of one's way. Some jerk pushed past me in line at the bank today. I wanted to push past the barriers so I could get a better view. I tried to push past, but there were too many people ahead of me.
2. To deal with or resolve some particular difficulty, hindrance, or impediment in order to continue to proceed or make progress. We've got to push past these setbacks and get this project finished on time. The company is trying to push past a number of allegations that have been made about its hiring practices. You've got to push past the pain if you want to become the best athlete in the country.
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push past (someone or something)

to force one's way past someone or something. (Considered a rude act.) Nick pushed past the others and made himself first in line. I pushed past the gate and went right in.
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This will push past 500,000 when figures for 2007/08, are published today, the Lib Dems said.
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Protesters said that a small number of their group were trying to take the Free Tibet flag to the doors of the Embassy but five were arrested for public order offences after trying to push past officers to get to the doors of the building.
She said: 'Sophie said 'excuse me, don't push past me', or something along those lines.
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Coventry fought hard against a resilient Blues side and were rewarded when neat play from Ziggy Gowlett caught their opponents on the break, allowing Brace to push past the keeper, who had come off her line.
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But if you are to reach your objectives, you must find it within yourself to push past that fear and start working toward them anyway.
The network executives are unwilling to push past common themes and characters when it comes to blacks and other ethnic minorities.
As these plates grind slowly past, over, or under one another like a bunch of grunting Sumo wrestlers, the moving slabs sometimes "catch." Huge amounts of pressure build up as the plates try to push past one another.
Malignant cells must first push past the barrier of connective tissue between cell layers, then weather the body's immune attack, then successfully colonize new sites.
When he declined, the attacker tried to push past him, then pulled out a knife and thrust it towards him.