thrust up against (someone or something)

thrust up against (someone or something)

1. To press, push, or grind up against someone or something. Some sleazebag at the bar started thrusting up 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 up against the side of the house.
2. To push, shove, slam, or drive someone or something up against someone or something else. The detective thrust the suspect up 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 up 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 up against the harrowing traumas suffered everyday by people around the world. My project suddenly seemed rather inconsequential once it was thrust up against the things other departments were working on.
See also: thrust, up