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1. To force someone or something to perforate, penetrate, or pass through something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "push" and "through." He pushed the knife through the animal's thick hide and began to separate the skin from the muscle tissue beneath. I hesitated for a moment, then pushed the letter through the mail slot on the door of her apartment. He shoved me so hard that he nearly pushed me through the wall.
2. To force passage through some mass, as of people or a substance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is only used after "push" and "through." I was starting to lose feeling in my feet, but I kept pushing through the snow to try and find the cabin. We pushed through the crowd to get to the exit.
3. To force or enable the passage of some proposal, especially a legislative bill. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used after "push" and "through." The president and his party managed to push the healthcare reform bill through, despite vocal opposition. They've been trying to push through a pay cut for employees for months, but the labor union keeps striking it down.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
push something through(something)
1. Lit. to force something to penetrate something. Tony pushed the needle through the cloth, and drew the thread tight. He pushed the needle through just like a tailor.
2. Fig. to force passage of a motion or law. The committee chairman managed to push the bill through the committee. With a little lobbying, they pushed it through.
push through (something)
to work through or force one's way through something. I pushed through the snow, trying to get to the post office on time. The snow was very deep, but I pushed through.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To force something or someone to penetrate or pass through something: The clerk pushed the envelope through the mail slot.
2. To force or work one's way through something: We pushed through the heavy snow.
3. To get a plan, legislative bill, or some other proposal officially accepted, especially quickly: The senator pushed the bill through Congress.
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.