1. to have sexual intercourse [push n. (1a)].
|‘Whose There Agen’ Pepys Ballads (1987) IV 127: You that have got wanton Wives, I pray of them be wary; For they love pushing as their lives, and love a Man that’s hairy.|
|Love and a Bottle II ii: Every one of you that live by Dancing should die by Pushing, Sir.|
|Mars Stript of his Armour 37: Notwithstanding his being a pushing Man, she can beat him at his own Weapon.|
|Poems (1752) 96: Push on, push on, ye happy Pair!‘Marriage Song’|
|‘Ranting Joan’ Female Garland 5: I was pushed both by Priest and Clark, and other Fellows two or three.|
|‘Some Love To Push’ Cockchafer 48: Some love to push round the forest bush.|
|Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 18 Mar. 2/3: Not yet is she fit in the ‘jorum’, / To enjoy the old ‘cock-a-lorum’, / She’s too tender for the bull’s rushing, / Too delicate for a man’s pushing.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 112: Estocader. To copulate; ‘to push’.|
|(con. 1890s) in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 702: There must have been some pushin’, / For there’s blood upon the cushion.|
|(con. c.1912) in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 702: There’s a grease spot on the cushion / That is evidence of pushin’.|
|Mr Madam (1967) 272: PushParties. ‘Everyone works then. Parties are such fun for all!’.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Snatches and Lays 49: I’m the one that did the pushin’.‘Penfriends’|
|‘Go See the Doctor’ [lyrics] And if I see another girl and I know I can rock her / Before I push up, I’ll make her go see the doctor.|
2. to go, to leave [abbr. push off ].
|Gypsey of the Glen I iii: We can never return again to Tiverton – the cry is up, and we must push for London.|
|Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs (1851) 38: I must push. Good mornin’.|
|Forayers 439: This will so. Push ahead.|
|Zone Policeman 88 122: On the second day I pushed past Cucaracha.|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 296: I will push round to Comrade Jarvis’s address.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 2: Put on the soup and fish preparatory to pushing round to the Drones for a bite of dinner. [Ibid.] 122: Shortly after that we all pushed back to bed.|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 109: ‘Come on,’ I said to Jinx. ‘Let’s push. . .’.|
|Darling Buds of May (1985) 87: Well, I must push back. Got a few things to do before bedtime.|
3. in commercial senses [SE push, ‘to advance or try to advance or promote’ (OED)].
(a) (orig. US) to sell, to promote, to advertise.
|implied in pusher n. (1a)|
|Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 182: ‘Well, what’s his line?’ ‘Share-pushing.’.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 48: When he is tired of pushing his cab round the streets he parks it somewhere.|
|letter 19 Feb. in Leader (2000) 372: Will let you know how the trip goes, and do my best to push you.|
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 20: Pushers in New York [...] do not really have to push. It’s a seller’s market with heroin. [...] The image of the sly pusher enticing nonusers into trying a free bag of heroin is pure myth.|
|Digger’s Game 11: You’re not gonna do it [i.e. make money] pushing radios.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard 67: We relied on the jocks to push the records.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 39: The ‘jewelers’ pushing gold chains to the drug kids.|
|Guardian Rev. 29 Oct. 10: They wanted to emphasise the overall quality of the piece, rather than push it as a Bruce Willis movie.|
(b) to distribute counterfeit money.
|implied in push the queer under queer n.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Banker Tells All 11: When a forger ‘pushes’ his cheque at a cashier, he takes care to be dressed in quiet and unobtrusive clothes.|
(c) (drugs) to sell drugs.
|Lang. Und. (1981) 108/1: To push. To peddle narcotics, especially as a sub-agent or small-time dealer.‘Lang. of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Really the Blues 209: Most all of us were real poor, until some of us began pushing reefer.|
|World of Paul Slickey Act II: It will surely bug you when there is no man to hug and no tea to push.|
|City of Night 97: Destinee’s last husband just got busted pushing hard stuff.|
|Shaft 104: There was all this pot and pill shit goin’ and everybody was pushin’.|
|Christine 335: Neither did his younger brother, who pushed more dope than any other kid in Gornick Junior High.|
|Whores for Gloria 115: At the corner of Turk and Jones the pushers were pushing.|
|Westsiders 113: The idea of the rapper as drug dealer, pushing illegal substances.|
(d) to sell any item.
|Really the Blues 21: Sid would rather have his throat cut than push them at legit prices.|
4. (US black) of a man, to accompany a woman.
|(con. 1930s) The Avenue, Clayton City (1996) 7: How come you pushin’ Poochie? Thats Jubal’s woman.|
5. (US black) to drive a vehicle [one pushes the accelerator].
|Teen-Age Mafia 102: Whitey pushed the Jaguar up to eighty.|
|Murder Me for Nickels (2004) 25: With that kind of attitude he didn’t push trucks very long.|
|No Beast So Fierce 72: He’s got an old lady hustlin’ and he’s pushing a Cadillac.|
|Little Boy Blue (1995) 220: Keep that vato pushin’ a Rolls Royce and eatin’ filets.|
|Westsiders 261: Whether you’re pushing a ’98 S600 Benz or something a little more modest, you want to make sure your whip is buttery.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] They came down in Timberlands and Carhart, pushing three used Volkswagen Jettas.|
|Gentleman of Leisure (1962) 58: Let’s be pushing along, shall we?|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 222: Guess I’ll be pushing along. I’ve a date to keep.|
|Have His Carcase 152: Thought I’d better push along.|
|Murder Is Announced (1958) 152: I’ll push along there now.|
SE in slang uses
(W.I.) a Ford Model T automobile.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
see separate entry.
see separate entry.
|Hudibras Redivivus II:7 12: But when at Push a Pike we play / With Beauty, who shall win the Day.|
(US) to die; to be dead.
|Daily Trib. (Bismarck, ND) 23 Oct. 4/1: To die is [...] ‘push clouds.’.|
|People 150: The man who took it regularly for twelve months could then have presented to him an opportunity to drop dead and ‘push clouds’.|
|AS XI:3 198: Is pushing the clouds around/about.‘Amer. Euphemisms for Dying’ in|
(W.I.) to urge others into a fight, with no intention of participating oneself.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
(Aus.) to stop talking.
|Digger Dialects 18: cut-off (n.) — ‘To push in one’s cut-off’ — to stop talking.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: cut-off. ‘To push in ones [sic] cut-off’ – to stop talking.|
to approach a limit, often in one’s conduct; esp. as don’t push it, don’t go too far (or you will face the consequences).
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 921: ‘Dont push it,’ Warden said.|
|Vice Trap 69: He was pushing it now.|
|in Body Shop 67: It’s OK to die for your country, but why push it?|
|London Embassy 78: I was wondering whether one earring might be pushing it, never mind two.|
|Weir 73: Don’t push it, boy.|
|Observer 9 Jan. 26: Don’t push it too far, I’m on the 1 o’clock news tomorrow with the Interior Minister and I can get you fired.|
|Life 261: If I feel I’m pushing it a little bit, need to relax it, have a little bump of smack.|
|Thrill City [ebook] I briefly considered trying to wheedle Jenny’s number out of her mum, but she seemed like a pretty switched-on old cookie, so I decided not to push it.|
1. to leave; esp. as imper. push off! go away!
|Life, Travels, Exploits, Frauds and Robberies 38: Then I pushed off for Henley on Thames.|
|A Cure for the Heart Ache in Inchbold (1808) XXV 24: Push off – brush – run!|
|‘On the Conflagrations at Washington’ in Amer. Poetry: the 19th Century I 9: They said to Cockburn, ‘honest Cock! / To make a noise and give a shock / Push off’.|
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 380: I suppose he saw them push off before he returned.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 19 Sept. 48/1: ‘Push off!’ said the shameless Joe easily. ‘You can’t have him for your boy – he’s married.’ / The girl hesitated for a minute; then she squealed and slapped him. ‘You can’t pull my leg! Take that!’.|
|Juno and the Paycock Act I: I’ll have to push off now, for I’m terrible late already.|
|Rover 18 Feb. 24: Got a nerve, ain’t you? Push off!|
|Whizzbang Comics 40: Me no speak-a da English! Push-a off!|
|Battle Cry (1964) 273: I’d better be pushing off.|
|Scholarly Mouse and other Tales 50: I’m sick to death of visitors...push off!|
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 216: The Third [Engineer] told him to push off because he’d got typhoid .diary 14 May in|
|All Night Stand 15: ‘Push off,’ said my little blonde to the intruder.|
|Kings Road 227: We might as well push off now.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] You’re not honestly suggesting that we just push off out of it and leave him to spend the night on his own?‘Christmas Crackers’|
|Bible in Cockney 104: They left ’im and pushed off.|
2. to start, esp. to start a game [SE push off, to push a boat off from its mooring].
|Proud Highway (1997) 316: Push-off date is still about a month.letter 7 Feb. in|
3. to go somewhere.
|Gleason’s Monthly Companion VII 128: ‘And now let me advise you, young man,’ turning to Leonard, ‘to push off to America’.|
|Stubbs at Fifty 62: I’m going to leave this curious old backwater and push off to London. ...|
|Fowlers End (2001) 64: Was Zola in the Franco-Prussian War? Bet your life ’e wasn’t—’e pushed off to Marseilles.|
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 29: Where are we pushing off to, Phil?|
|To Be the Best 196: I’ll spend the weekend here with the kids, then push off to London on Sunday night.|
|Sniper 170: He’d push off to somewhere in Bengal [...] and live out his days in a village there.|
4. to kill.
|Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club (1977) 181: What the deuce did it matter if old Fentiman was pushed painlessly off a bit before his time?|
|Poor Fool 164: I’m getting him for pushing Louise off.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 693: He is sick and tired of living [...] He does not have the nerve to push himself off. So he wishes to find some good reliable party to push him off.‘A Job for the Macarone’|
1. to continue on one’s way, to take the next step of a journey; the underlying sense is often one of reluctance or weariness.
|Life, Travels, Exploits, Frauds and Robberies 6: I [...] pushed on for London.|
|Cure for the Heart Ache in Inchbold (1808) XXV 24: Come along, dad – push on, my dear dad [...] keep moving.|
|Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 442: You two push on, and strike across the heath.|
|Bushrangers 115: Shall you go back to de city, Mishter Murden, or vill you push on for Bendego?|
|Term of His Natural Life (1897) 8: We must push on, for it grows late.|
|Rio Grande’s Last Race (1904) 161: But French looked once, and only once, and then he said, ‘Push on’.‘With French to Kimberley’|
|Gentleman of Leisure (1962) 15: Well, I was rather thinking of pushing on as far as the Park.|
|Battlers 285: The day after to-morrow was dole-day, and whether they liked it or not, they must push on.|
|Call Me When the Cross Turns Over (1958) 73: I’ll push on.|
|Billy Bunter at Butlins 185: Let’s push on! [...] Feel like pushing on, Bunter?|
|Odd Spot of Bother 26: We’d better push on.|
2. to depart, to commence a journey.
|Longman’s Mag. XXIV 196: And now, if you’ll allow me, I’ll push on home.|
|Marvel 17 Nov. 475: I say, push on at once!|
|Mr Standfast (1930) 801: The idiots say the Huns will be in Amiens in a week. What’s the phrase? ‘Pourvu que les civils tiennent.’ ’Fraid I must push on, Sir.|
|Nine Tailors (1984) 295: But I really must push on now.|
|Gang War 231: We better be pushing on, Osaki. Your car should be waiting.|
|Black Lightning (1966) 41: Guess I better be pushing on home.|
|(con. 1930s) Loner 87: We’d better push on back to work before we’re missed.|
|Mr Blue 293: I stayed three weeks before pushing on.|
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] push on Definition: to leave a potentially hostile situation. Example: You betta push on or get yo ass whupped on!!|
3. to accompany on a journey.
|Tag, Rag & Co. 86: I think I shall push on with you after all [...] but I don’t mind waiting till you have finished the game.|
see also under relevant nouns.
1. to brag.
|‘A Traveler’s Guide to Mars’ posting on Slashdot 3 Sept. [Internet] I particularly liked the way Hartmann kept almost all his own tale in small sidebars called ‘My Martian Chronicles’, 15 of them scattered through the book. These were interesting and meant that he could push his own barrow in a way that didn’t intrude into the rest of the book, you could read them when you wanted.|
2. to look out for one’s own interests first.
|‘Speight himself’ posting 10 July on Forum on ABC Online [Internet] George Speight comes over as well educated and articulate, which he probably is. Unfortunately this gives him the cover he needs to push his own barrow.|
to engage in homosexual anal intercourse.
|(ref. to 1920s–30s) in Sun among Cities 219: We treated them as a joke. We had various names for them, not very nice names. If you wanted to describe a gay man with a gay man we would say, ‘he’s pushing shit up a hill’ .|
(US) to cost.
|Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Feb. [Internet] The dinner jacket he was wearing [...] must have pushed him back at least two hundred hermans.‘Phoney Shakedown’|
to hit someone in the face.
|Gadfly (Adelaide) 14 Nov. 772/3: [W]hen I meet him I intend to assault and batter him with great fury and malice aforethought and criminal intent, with my best wishes to do him grievous bodily harm, to wit, push in his face.|
|DN III:iii 248: push one’s face, v. To strike one in the face. ‘He pushed his face.’.‘Word-List From Eastern Maine’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 21 July 26/1: Ow! you blanky, awful cow! Push his face in!|
|Western Dly Press (Bristol) 25 Feb. 6/4: Leigh threatened to push his face in.|
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 10 Aug. 7/5: If he told Mrs Phillip anything about his [i.e. the accused’s] wife he would push his face in.|
|Joyful Condemned 33: I should have pushed her face in.|
|Red Clay Reader 4 91/1: ‘We should push your face in,’ one of them said. The big guy grabbed his shirt in his fist.|
|‘Piss Factory’ [lyrics] You do it my way or I push your face in. / We knee you in the john if you don’t get off your get off your mustang Sally.|
|His Majesty’s Agent 351: If things had been the other way around I would smash you, push your face in.|
|Murder at Margin 163: If you ever try something like that on me again, I’ll push your face in.|
|velcrometer.blogspot.com 19 Aug. [Internet] If you start over from the beginning one more time, I swear to God I’m going to push your face in.|
(US prison) to irritate someone, to tease someone.
|Prison Sl. 90: Push Someone’s Key To cause someone to become extremely irritated and angry.|
see also under relevant nouns.
1. to spend heavily, usu. on pleasure, eating, drinking etc, often treating others.
|Limehouse Nights 214: Going to push the boat out for me? [...] Mine’s a claret and soda.|
|Man Who Found Himself (1952) 71: It was the accepted thing [...] to order whiskies and sodas, to ‘stand your corner’ and ‘push the boat out’ readily and generously.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 39: This bloke you’re meeting up the Old Jacket and Vest to-night, let him push the boat out.|
|Eve. Teleg. (Dundee) 2 Oct. 6/3: ‘And if you’ll allow me, Miss Wimbush, I shall be ’appt to push out the boat [...] ’appy to buy the first round.’ [...] ‘Two double brandies,’ he ordered.|
|Family Arsenal 24: What will you have? I’d like to push the boat out.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] You’re pushing the boat out a bit aren’t you?‘Diamonds are for Heather’|
|(con. WW2) Heart of Oak [ebook] I was skint, not a bloody penny to my name, and this here hatter— a real toff he was— comes up and pushes the boat out for a few jars.|
2. to do something to excess.
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 36: She straddled him on his chair and gave him the goods, really pushed it out.|
|Guardian 14 Feb. 17: Sensing the beginning of a very special relationship he pushed the boat out a little.|
3. to exaggerate.
|Crust on its Uppers 24: He sometimes pushes the boat out a bit far.|
|‘Humours of an Election Entertainment’ inLondon Mag. Mar. 159/2: Ye hearty cocks! who feel the gout / Yet briskly push the glass about.|
|Works (1842) 262/2: We dined at another good fellow’s house, and consequently, pushed the bottle; when we went out [...] we found ourselves ‘Not vera fou, but gaylie yet’.letter 30 June in|
|Morn. Post (London) 19 May 3/4: Then push round the bottle [...] And now for a toast to delight you, my boys.|
|Bristol Mercury 20 Sept. 4/1: Now let’s push the bottle around, / And make the broken glasses skip.|
|Life in London (1869) 210: Tom, having pushed the glass about briskly after dinner, proposed a visit to the Theatres.|
|(con. late 17C)29th May II 168: Come, push the glass about my blades — more work for the cooper.|
|Leicester Jrnl 21 Dec. 3/1: ’Tis a cold winter’s night, but the fire blazes bright / [...] / Push the bottle about.|
|Barmecide’s Dream 4: And not look over wise! But push the glass about, my boy, Nor leave a heeltap sly.|
see walk (backwards) up Holborn Hill under Holborn Hill n.
1. to make romantic moves towards someone, usu. in the hope of seduction.
|Catch a Fire 112: Someone would start talking carelessly about ‘pushin’ up’ someone’s sister.|
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 138: A number of terms relate to sexual behavior, including: pushin up.|
|Campus Sl. Apr.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] Nigguh, don’t talk to him, talk to me! I pushed up on him.|
2. to frighten, to intimidate.
|DAUL 168/1: Push up. To hold up.et al.|
see separate entry.
(US black) what sort of car do you drive?
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
(Aus.) a dismissive retort.
|Doughman 206: ‘Run along and hurry up those Viennas.’ [...] ‘Push me pink, I will!’ answered Dicky.|