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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.