push (someone or something) under (something)(redirected from push those under)
push (someone or something) under (something)
1. To press or shove someone or something in order to move them or it to a position beneath something else. Just push the box under the sofa for now. The police officer pushed the suspect under the lamp in order to get a better look at him.
2. To press or shove someone or something in order to submerge them or it beneath the surface of something. He pushed the dried-up sponge under the water in order to rehydrate it. I kept trying to get my head above the surface, but my brother kept pushing me back under.
3. To shove someone or something and cause them to be struck by an oncoming vehicle. How many years in prison do you think he'll get for pushing that man under the bus? She freaked out at me and pushed my bicycle under the moving train.
4. To repress or hide some emotion (behind or under something else). You can't just push your anger under the carpet and expect it to go away all on its own. He couldn't bear to deal with his grief, choosing instead to push it under as much work as he could take on.
See also: push
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