You had to push people into the gas chambers, and they had to push people into the ditches.
How do you push yourself to be better when you get an Oscar for buying breakfast in the morning?
Instead, help, cajole, and push friendly regimes to transition peacefully toward democracy.
Park pushed Renaud to push himself despite the pain for month after month.
Later that night, Huntsman had to push his way into a house party in Bedford—where 40 guests had been expected but 250 showed up.
Let us push our inquiries as to the nature of this all-powerful agent.
At night when the room grows dark we push a button and there is light.
"Mention one or two reasons, then, just to push me along," urged Jerry.
Come, you, Griggs and Red, and push that desk down a bit so that I can stand on it.
Somebody give him a push, please, and get him to roll his hoop.
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.
"Pushing up the daisies now," said a soldier of his dead comrade. ["The American Florist," vol. XLVIII, No. 1504, March 31, 1917]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.
1560s, from push (v.). Phrase push comes to shove is from 1936.