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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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.
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References in classic literature ?
"Whenever we fight the Horners, our plan is to push them back, for our arms are longer than theirs."
why cannot we push them back, only a week or two in our memories, so as to put them at once at that convenient distance whence they may be regarded either with a calm indifference or a pleasant effort of recollection!
If a white man comes to my gates I will send him back; if a hundred come I will push them back; if armies come, I will make war on them with all my strength, and they shall not prevail against me.
When police tried to push them back they got furious.
Helmand governor, Hayatullah Hayat told media agency that Afghan forces started operation against the Taliban fighters to push them back. Afghan forces also conducted airstrike in which 10 policemen were killed in Gereshk district of Helmand province.
"We don't want to push them back too early because they've had soft tissue injuries.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army and Pishmarga have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants on different fronts and have so far been able to push them back in several areas.
But it was already late and there were not enough people to help push them back in."
ANKARA, Feb 3, 2011 (TUR) -- Demonstrators who tried to march to the parliamentary building in the capital Ankara to protest draft labour law, have dispersed after police sprayed tear-gas and water canons to push them back.
A busy fixture list for other clubs over the Bank Holiday weekend has seen the Bears slip to seventh in the Premier League although a victory this evening would push them back up to fifth.
Rovers had the better of the first half but after the break the home team managed to push them back.
rolling blockade was her project one of many survival camps gatherings I attend task forces symposiums strategic sessions she sees and draws the line between us she is a rolling blockade I catch those who have no farther to fall and push them back into the next sad circle I don't believe I'm helping anyone she believes she is making her cause her race her sex a battlefield now she's straddling the golden line of highway number 2 stopping trucks as they roll north to mine poison south to haul yellow-cake I wish for her the tenacity of my son's pink roly-poly it bounces up every time it's pushed down still smiling
Rescuers had to uncouple all six of the train's carriages and push them back along the track to get to the wrecked car.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army and Pishmarga have been engaged in heavy fighting with the terrorists of ISIL on different fronts and have so far been able to push them back in several areas.
FORMER England winger John Salako hopes to kickstart his Charlton career tonight and push them back to the top of the First Division.