Synonyms for pushing

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Mr Clayton was pushing me forward, and urging a dagger into my hand.

Pushing his plate to one side, Stineli's father put his cap on his head.

And pushing, crowding, hugging the side of the stall, Mortimer fought his way to the girl.

Then, pushing his support before him, he struck out for the middle of the stream.

"Do you good," he insinuated, pushing the bottle gently over.

A pushing open of the outer door, a bang, and hasty footsteps in the hall.

For that was his usual way of pushing through a crowd; as you have heard before.

People were pushing and shoving, and he saw her face grow pale.

"Quite the wrong method," he said, shaking his head and pushing past.

"I am not able for that, sir," replied Moriarty, pushing past him.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French poulser (Modern French pousser), from Latin pulsare "to beat, strike, push," frequentative of pellere (past participle pulsus) "to push, drive, beat" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "promote" is from 1714; meaning "approach a certain age" is from 1937. For palatization of -s-, OED compares brush (n.1); quash. Related: Pushed; pushing.

To push (someone) around is from 1923. To push (one's) luck is from 1754. To push the envelope in figurative sense is late 1980s. To push up daisies "be dead and buried" is from World War I.

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