push at (someone or something)

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push at (someone or something)

To apply continuous or repeated pressure on someone or something. You can push at that thing all you want—there's no way you'll get it to budge. I'm moving, I'm moving! You don't have to keep pushing at me!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

push at someone or something

to apply pressure to and try to move someone or something. She pushed at him, trying to get him to get out of the way, but he wouldn't budge. Mary pushed at the door, trying to open it against the wind. There is no need for you to push at me so hard.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Attributing this to the continuous uproar of the thunder they pushed at one of the doors, which yielded.
Just as a child on a swing reaches great heights if he's pushed at the same rate at which he's moving back and forth, a particle gyrating in sync with the vibration of a magnetic wave readily absorbs energy from the wave.
I have been getting information pushed at me in the form of HTML e-mail.
Unfortunately, most of what gets pushed at you on most push engines is rehashed wire stuff and tons of ads.
Moreover, apart from dumping its headlines on my hard disk, there seemed to be little that was actually pushed at me, and as I already have the FT site bookmarked, I couldn't see what I'd gained.