push too far


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push too far

1. To treat one so poorly or antagonistically that it causes one to react in a violent, desperate, or unpredictably negative manner. The government has pushed its citizens too far with the latest legislation. At this point, they could have a full-blown revolution on their hands. Don't push your employees too far, or their productivity will start to suffer.
2. To do something or act in a manner past a point at which one should have stopped or that exceeds what is appropriate. The company pushed their quest for dominance in multiple markets too far, leading them to suffer huge losses as a result of having their resources stretched too thin. I was just trying to have some playful banter with him, but I guess I pushed things too far, because he is really upset with me now.
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push someone too far

Fig. to antagonize someone too much; to be too confrontational with someone. I guess I pushed him too far, because he began shouting at me and threatening to hit me.
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They will be careful not to push too far as they don't want a repeat of what happened, but they will be raising the heat in there a little bit more to see how people react.
Sometimes the professional associations and owner/operators push too far in one direction and well-intended consumer groups push too far in the other.
On the other hand, readers are likely to find instances where Sobel seems to push too far, as, for example, in her unequivocal attribution to Banneker (and analysis in racial terms) of an anonymous dream report of unknown origin, concerning heaven and hell.
This period is crucial and I have tobecarefulnot to push too far.
GROUP B leaders Fiorentina demonstrated last week that provided you do not push too far up the pitch Valencia can be repelled with relative ease.
But if you push too far, you'll have no structure, and you'll feel insecure and alienated.
Dargo said: "We have players who can punish opponents if they push too far on to us and leave gaps.