thrust against

thrust against (someone or something)

1. To press, push, or grind up against someone or something. Some sleazebag at the bar started thrusting against me on the dance floor, so I asked the bouncer to have him thrown out. The tree had grown at an awkward angle and was now thrusting against the side of the house.
2. To push, shove, slam, or drive someone or something against someone or something else. The detective thrust the suspect against the wall, threatening to shoot him in the face if he didn't reveal the hostage's location. I thrust a heavy wooden chair against the door to keep it closed.
3. To cause something to be compared to, juxtaposed with, or considered alongside something else. Your issues become downright laughable when you thrust them against the harrowing traumas suffered everyday by people around the world. My project suddenly seemed rather inconsequential once it was thrust against the things other departments were working on.
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thrust at (someone or something)

1. To make a lunge or stab at someone or something. The criminal thrust at the police officer with his knife. She suddenly thrust at the desk and snatched the paper away before he could read it.
2. To jab, drive, or stab something at someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "thrust" and "at." The criminal thrust his knife at the police officer. Reporters kept thrusting their microphones at my face as I left the courtroom.
3. To push, shove, or drive someone toward someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "thrust" and "at." I thrust her at Mike during the party in the hopes of getting them together. She thrust the baby at me as soon as I walked in the door so she could go lie down for a while.
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thrust someone or something against someone or something

to drive or shove someone or something against someone or something. The force of the crash thrust Liz against Tiffany. The crash thrust Liz against the car door.
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References in classic literature ?
"You can swim with the tide and have peace in mind and soul, or you can thrust against it and be bruised and weary.
The proposed MCC will serve as a body tasked to address issues facing Muslim residents, particularly on matters of peace and order as well as the government's thrust against threats from violent ideology, according to proponents.
"The PNP is behind you in all your advocacy and thrust against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption," Albayalde said in his birthday message to Duterte.
For the third time, both houses of Congress approved on Wednesday President Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao for another year to continue the government's thrust against terrorism.
That's why Celtic achieved one of their most impressive Europa League results on Thursday, it was all about the cut and thrust against RB Leipzig.
New Delhi [India], Sept 09 ( ANI ): The Indian Army is planning to shift the headquarters of the Rashtriya Rifles, which oversees the thrust against terrorists in Kashmir, from New Delhi to Srinagar.
'In support of President Duterte's thrust against illegal drugs and criminality, it is imperative that those desire to be barangay officials must be drug-free,' the resolution stated.
At the time of Zarb-e-Azb, it was prudently expected that in the wake of Pakistani thrust against terrorists in North Waziristan, their escape to Afghanistan will be blocked by NATO Forces.
"You have to see it [demonetisation] together with the spending curbs imposed on cash, the thrust on income disclosures, the thrust against benami properties," he said.
"(There is) no doubt the Islamic Ummah is going through a critical stage with a number of states in the grip of political changes and others battered by other storms of economic crises and thrust against serious security challenges," Al-Othaimeen said, according to the OIC website.
On the other hand the major problems representing the thrust against a viable federal polity are: few elements in Balochistan with their demand for full jurisdiction over powers relevant to ethnic survival, economic upliftment and nation building projects, and control over its resources; Karachi with its mayhem and lawlessness, and the lack of political will on the provincial government's part; Executive-Judicial confrontation off and on; and the fault lines in ethnic federalism with the burgeoning demand for new provinces.
The range frontal flanks reveal that different level of strata thrust against the foredeep showing inconsistency in the subsurface level ofbasal detachment horizon.
But he kept his cool, and proceeded again to thrust against the man's stomach in a desperate bid to move the meat.
He said that it was alright if mikes were thrust against him or his brother because they were young but his father was aged and Sohail would naturally be concerned when something like this happened.