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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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She pushed him toward the big chair by the fire, and sat down on a stool at the opposite side of the hearth, her knees drawn up to her chin, laughing like a happy little girl.
Hai!" said the Bhagat, snapping his fingers, "Is THIS payment for a night's lodging?" But the deer pushed him toward the door, and as he did so Purun Bhagat heard the sound of something opening with a sigh, and saw two slabs of the floor draw away from each other, while the sticky earth below smacked its lips.
I thrust it upon him, and pushed him towards the door.
Napoleon Sevilla of the Army's Special Operations Command here said Lucas was supposed to land on a field at the center of sports complex but Lucas failed to control his parachute after a strong wind pushed him toward the swimming pool area at 3 p.m.
The 20-year-old is already a European champion, but successes this season have pushed him towards global recognition.
Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran.
CRYSTAL PALACE and WATFORD were keen on the midfielder (right) - but linking up with a manager who already knows his game has pushed him towards Loftus Road.
The deposed Stamford Bridge boss then sat back and watched as his former players pushed him towards an estimated pounds 250,000 bonus with victory over Arsenal.