push toward

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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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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While the film touches any number of bases relating to this complex situation, some viewers may be left wondering about the words of another gay couple as to why this push toward the heterosexual domain has overtaken so many.
The Scotsman recently reported that Doug Ward, managing director of a 15-million-pound (bout $27.4-million) biodiesel production facility currently under construction in the country, has expressed his belief that the push toward widespread biofuel use in the U.K.
Jeffrey Hart, president and CEO of expense management firm Cadence (www.cadence.com), San Jose, CA, says the push toward more and more information arriving faster and faster actually causes unnecessary expenses and an information bottleneck for most businesses.
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Paul can now push toward the goal of the prize of the heavenly call, which he has gained through faith in Jesus Christ.
Csiszar took office promising to "continue working with all of our constituencies to meet the challenges facing state-based regulation and push toward the concrete goals outlined in our plan" for regulatory reform.
The worldwide push toward freer trade appears to have stalled.