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[poo sh-oh-ver] /ˈpʊʃˌoʊ vər/
Informal. anything done easily.
Informal. an easily defeated person or team.
Informal. a person who is easily persuaded, influenced, or seduced.
Rocketry. a displacement in a horizontal direction of the trajectory of a missile or rocket.
Aeronautics, push-down.
Origin of pushover
1905-10, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase push over Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pushover
  • But they also know that you are a pushover who has no clue that their culture is far more draconian.
  • The developing-country polluters, however, were not a pushover.
  • When you have a coach who is a pushover, it's sometimes up to the players to take charge.
  • She has a lot going on in her life and does not seem to be a pushover for the doctor.
  • As for the public, it often is a pushover for the glamour of the stage and the romances of show folk.
  • The building pushover curve, which represents building structural characteristics.
  • The pushover approach is an accepted industry practice for estimating the inelastic response of structures to seismic loading.
  • In general, you probably want to come across as neither a dictator nor a pushover.
British Dictionary definitions for pushover


noun (informal)
something that is easily achieved or accomplished
a person, team, etc, that is easily taken advantage of or defeated
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Word Origin and History for pushover

also push-over, 1900 of jobs or tasks; 1922 of persons (bad boxers and easy women), from push (v.) + over (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pushover



: He wasn't a pushover kind of cat

  1. A person who is easily defeated, imposed upon, convinced, etc: an eight-round preliminary with some pushover (1926+)
  2. Punchboard, roundheel (1906+)
  3. An easy job or task; cinch, duck soup: Two ways to do it. One was a pushover (1906+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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