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

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

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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But there are simply too many forces pushing us back to the fold of subsistence agriculture in the name of social justice.
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After we had been peacefully protesting for a while the police formed a line in front of us and then very aggressively physically pushed protesters back a short way towards the station, left us to peacefully protest again for a short time, and then used the same very aggressive tactics of pushing us back even further away from the factory.
"At the second goal they were pushing us back and had a few people over in that area but I should've still dealt with it.
We have started the race with a good ranking and maintained second place for quite some time but luck wasn't on our side pushing us back to the fifth place." Ramiz Al Sharbati, Technical Manager of Team Al Mutawa'a Merge, said:"This is our 5th participation in Karting Endurance Races, which test the abilities and skills of the drivers and teams in general.
He said: "The flames were just pushing us back so we tried around the back but the heat was intense.
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'''Go away!' the plainclothes guards barked, pushing us back.''
But if he fails, he will help Cameron undo all the work we did at the outset of New Labour - making us once again distrusted on the economy and taxation, pushing us back into the box marked 'tribalism', driving apart the progressive forces in politics and placing Labour once again on the wrong side of people's aspirations."
"They were pushing us back and I just thought we got a bit stretched.
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