push too far

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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.
See also: far, push
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But the authors argue that "one would be wise not to push too far the conceit that we are smarter than our predecessors.
Dargo said: "We can punish opponents if they push too far on to us and leave gaps.
So what happens when you push too far and hurt yourself?
If we push too far to the other side we become alienated from the progress of life itself.
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.