Let's now look at the verb 'to push' combined with particles. Here
are some of the most common:
1. 'to push ahead' with a plan or arrangement means to continue
with it when there are problems or others wish to stop.
· We've had a few problems but we have decided to push ahead.
· They are pushing ahead with plans to build the motorway despite
2. 'to push around' means to tell someone to do something in a rude
· When I was young I was pushed around by my big brother.
· Don't push me around! I'm fed up of you telling me what to do.
3. 'to push back' means to delay an appointment until a later date
· It'll take an hour to get there. Let's push the meeting back
· My operation was pushed back a month due to a shortage of nurses.
4. 'to push for' means to try to persuade someone to give you
· The assembly line workers are always pushing for a salary
· The local residents are pushing for a lower speed limit to make
the roads safer.
5. 'to push in' means to jump into a queue in front of other people
who are already waiting.
· I was very angry when they pushed in and were served before me.
· Don't push in. Go to the back of the line.
6. 'to push on' means to continue doing something.
· Even though the project was not going very well, they pushed on
· I must push on. I've got a lot of work to do.
7. 'to push out' means to force someone to leave a job or activity.
· He didn't resign from his last job, he was pushed out.
· I felt I was pushed out of the group because I didn't agree with
them on everything.
8. 'to push past' means to press roughly into someone as you pass
· During the race, I had to push past a few runners to get to the
· He was in a great hurry and hit me as he pushed past.
9. 'to push through' means to get something accepted, often with
· The government pushed the legislation through very quickly.
· The local council pushed through measures to improve the schools.
10. 'to push up' means to increase something, usually a price or
· The war in the Middle East has pushed up the price of petrol.
· The bad weather has pushed the price of some vegetables up by ten
Have a nice week end.