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push up

1. verb To shove, thrust, or press someone or something forcibly upward. A noun or pronoun can be used between "push" and "down." Push up the hatch so I can access the control panel. I pushed her up so she could scale the wall.
2. verb To advance something to an earlier status of production. Often used in passive constructions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "push" and "up." The project has been pushed up so it can be released before Christmas. The boss wants us to push the latest software patch up, but I don't think we can finish it any sooner.
3. noun An exercise in which one lies flat on one's stomach, pressing one's body up with one's hands while one's toes or knees remain on the ground. Typically spelled with a hyphen or as a single word. If you can't afford to go to a gym, push ups are a great all-around upper-body workout. I can't do normal push-ups, so I just do them on my knees. I really need to start working out—I can't even do a single pushup!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

push someone or something up

to raise or lift someone or something. Jake is sliding down again. Push him up. Push up the window, please.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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And to their surprise, pushup capability proved to be a better predictor, statistically, of future heart problems than the treadmill tests.Men who could complete at least 11 pushups had less risk of developing heart problems in the following decade than those who could complete fewer than 10, they found.
From a pushup position, lift your right hand off the floor and rotate your torso while reaching your right hand toward the ceiling.
Customers willing to donate a dollar or more to the cause pick a tab from a pot, which directs one of the barbers to do a certain number of pushups. The designated barber then has to put the scissors and combs aside, and drop down and do the strenuous exercise on the spot.
Diamond Pushup: Do a pushup with your hands close enough for the tips of your thumbs and index fingers to touch, forming a diamond.
With squat thrusts, while in a pushup position, quickly thrust both feet forward towards hands, and then kick legs back to pushup position.
Walk your hands forward until you are in pushup position.
“Having recently and successfully gone through the process of starting a startup himself, his perspective and the lessons he and the Pushup Social team have learned along the way should be extraordinarily valuable to our guests.”
Floor pushup: Start with your arms extended, with your hands positioned under your shoulders and your legs straight out behind you, feet positioned on the balls of your feet or on your toes.
Start in a pushup position with your hands under your shoulders.
South Miami, FL, March 25, 2014 --(PR.com)-- An innovative new product designed to greatly enhance one of the most commonly practiced bodyweight resistance exercises, the Elevated Pushup System, has been developed by Jackie Williams of Ladson, South Carolina.
Contract your abs and slowly lean forward, gently falling into a pushup position.
GUJRANWALA -- A youth from Gujranawala's vicinal village Tatlay Aali has stunned audience by registering 3000 pushups in just 57 minutes.
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In earlier crackdowns, the adults were immediately released after performing 40 pushups. But in the latest enforcement of 'Oplan Rody,' the 27 men caught in Barangays San Isidro and San Dionisio were no longer given a reprieve.