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push back

1. To move someone or something backward by exerting force against them or it. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "push" and "back." Would you help me push the kitchen table back against the wall, please? I pushed him back when he got too close to me.
2. To stall, delay, or postpone something until a later time or date. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "push" and "back." They decided to push back the release date of their war film as a sign of respect to the victims of the attack. We've pushed this product back too much already—I want it out and in people's hands by the first of May, come hell or high water!
3. To resist, oppose, or protest something. The management tried to restructure the way employees' pensions would be paid, but workers pushed back hard. People are pushing back against proposed legislation that would limit their ability to travel outside the country.
See also: back, push

push someone or something back (from someone or something)

to move or force someone or something back from someone or something. I quickly pushed her back from the edge. She almost fell over. There wasn't enough room, so we pushed back the furniture. Tony pushed Jane back from the edge.
See also: back, push

push back

v.
1. To move or force something backward by applying pressure: Push that glass back from the edge of the table. The police managed to push back the protestors by using tear gas.
2. To delay something until a future time; postpone something: We should push back the deadline so that we have more time to work on the project. They pushed the meeting back to Thursday because two of the officers were sick.
See also: back, push
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"We are caught between people in power who push us back and forth like pawns on a chess board," Satyal said in a prepared statement.
In recent months, having read market behaviour, we introduced an "Innovate, Optimise and Excel" (IOE) programme as we could not wait for the market to continue to push us back with lower margins, pressure from clients to still maintain standards, and cost rationalisation.
Of course, I'm not going to be nearly that dramatic about it, so I'll put it like this: I don't see much that can push us forward--but I see lots of things that could push us back.
"If we lose a scrum and the opponents push us back then he wants us to have the attitude that 'next time you come around I'm going to smash you'.
Speaking during the rally, Governor of Jericho Majed al-Fetyani said: Israel, the occupying state, has been striving to push us back into a spiral of violence and chaos, carrying out brutal and provocative practices against us, the Palestinian people.
"One scenario, of course, is if we've got what we need but they need a goal- they will try to push us back so we'll have to defend properly and counter attack.
That would be an unmitigated financial catastrophe for everyone and could push us back into recession.
To do so would, in my opinion, push us back to relying on State finance to finance housing, which we cannot afford.
We know that the gun lobby, which makes money by preventing sensible change, relies on dramatic disappointments to wound us, reduce our power, push us back on our heels," she wrote.
"We'll go out against Morecambe and be attacking from the very start to try to get the points because we know if we can do that it will push us back towards the play-off spots."
"Liverpool may push us back but we are going to follow the same tactics and strategy as last week."
They said it seems as if the government wants to push us back to the Stone Age as a result of the ever-increasing fuel prices instead of supporting the public in times of high inflation, those in power are using the situation to mint money from the citizens.