They need to know how powerful they could truly be if they were pushed into a corner.
Banks did not merely lend predatorily—they pushed, scooped up, repackaged, and resold loans to a frenzied degree.
Cosell was not only sui generis, he also faded quickly from public consciousness once he was pushed off the air.
McCollough and Hernandez, who normally sketch with paper and pencil, pushed themselves this season by utilizing colored pencils.
Not so this year, as the prolonged renegotiation has pushed Mad Men out of its usual summer perch to a March 2012 launch date.
Stuart pushed back his chair, and sauntered from the room in Peters wake.
With a sweeping, vehement gesture he pushed it all from him.
And again he was pushed from the heaven of happiness to the bottomless pit of doubt.
Each of these stems is slender, the one of a size which may be pushed inside the larger.
And it was supposed he killed you and pushed you over the bluff and then ran away.
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.