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push toward

1. To move or proceed toward someone or something, especially with determination or in spite of some difficulty or hindrance. We pushed toward the river through the thick underbrush. An assailant began pushing toward the senator through the crowd of people.
2. To shove, thrust, or press someone or something toward someone or something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "push" and "toward." I pushed her toward Jake so that she would finally ask him out. I pushed the desk toward the window.
3. To proceed or make progress in the direction of some goal or outcome especially with determination or in spite of some difficulty or hindrance. We've had a number of delays, but we're still pushing toward a December release date for the product. The government has pushed closer toward passing the controversial legislation.
4. To urge, cause, or compel someone to take some action. A number of corporate lobbyists are pushing the senators toward voting against the regulatory bill. My father pushed me toward studying law, but my real passion is for art.
5. To urge, cause, or compel someone or something in the direction of some goal or outcome. We've hired a new team to push the project toward completion. All of the new pressures this business is experiencing is pushing me toward an early retirement.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

push someone or something toward someone or something

to propel someone or something to someone or something. The drama coach got behind the shy young actor playing Romeo and pushed him toward Juliet. Clyde pushed his victim toward the edge of the cliff.
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push toward someone or something

to move or struggle toward someone or something. The crowd pushed toward the convicted man, but the police held them back. The horses pushed toward the corral gate.
See also: push, toward
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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However, Iran wants to push things toward ending or curbing the US sanctions.
Those who fear that referendums or calls for autonomy will push things toward the disintegration or partition of the state, should think carefully about the circumstances that afflict Iraqi regions still under the authority of the central government, and the degree to which this government can protect these regions.
A repeat crisis, especially before elections, could push things towards all-out war.
During the meeting, the head of the delegation reviewed the most important challenges facing the Swedish agreement and the obstacles that the coalition of aggression is doing to evade implementation and push things towards escalation and thwart the agreement.
The OIC expressed readiness to extend whatever possible assistance to contain the crisis and push things towards a peaceful end.
The two parties must not push things towards a point of no return, or engage in policies that invite regional powers to meddle in internal politics, no matter how deep the quarrels among Iraqi politicians may become.
Saleh got a "very good" deal because the "settlement was achieved through negotiations and because the opposition did not push things towards the edge and accepted the agreement out of their fear for the country", Qahtan said.
'The Government is trying to push things towards environmental issues with the car excise tax and manufacturers are are doing joint research and development on engines.