Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Energetic; enterprising.
  • adj. Aggressive; forward; presuming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of push.
  • v. Dealing illicit drugs, especially to minors.
  • adj. That pushes forward; pressing, driving.
  • adj. Aggressively assertive; pushy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pressing forward in business; enterprising; driving; energetic; also, forward; officious, intrusive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pressing forward in business; putting one's self forward; self-assertive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of applying force in order to move something away

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Examples

  • After spending the first two years of his term pushing greater federal spending to fight the effects of the great recession, he largely ignored recommendations to cut deficits by his own bipartisan commission headed by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, and did not propose any significant deficit reductions in his Feb. 1 budget proposal to Congress.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • “That happened to me when it came to the expression pushing the envelope,” Mr. Wolfe continued, enclosing a clipping from The New York Times with the headline, “Pushing the Bleeping Envelope.”

    No Uncertain Terms

  • Also, he mistakenly stated that the phrase "pushing the envelope" dates to WWII.

    Slate Magazine

  • Lots of clay will make completions somewhat tricky but if they didn't think they could handle it you wouldn't see the name pushing half a million acres here.

  • That's just a felony: spending the first year of your term pushing an ABC plan that is laughable is the real crime.

    Killing the Messenger: Who will dare give His Excellency the bad news?

  • It's what we call pushing everything in the forward lean.

    CNN Transcript Apr 29, 2007

  • "This is, I think, the most consistent collection of designs that are doing what I describe as pushing the boundaries of game design in the most interesting and consistently thoughtful ways," said Jonathan Blow, the panel's organizer and the independent designer behind the time-bending puzzle platformer

    The Globe and Mail - Technology RSS feed

  • "This is, I think, the most consistent collection of designs that are doing what I describe as pushing the boundaries of game design in the most interesting and consistently thoughtful ways," said Jonathan Blow, the panel's organizer and the independent designer behind the time-bending puzzle platformer "Braid" (which is available for Xbox Live Arcade and PC).

    CIO Today

  • There he goes again pushing his socialist concept of higher education ... now, how on earth are our kids going to become REAL AMERICANS if they're pushed into learning something?

    Obama announces campaign to promote math, science education

  • So far, it appears that the Dems are ONLY INTERESTED in pushing an agenda that will only benefit themselves.

    Kennedy 'expected more of us' on health care, Dodd says

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  • "Matassa appears to be pushing a good race here."
    - commentator wheelchair 400m race at the Paralympics, 11 Sep 2008.

    September 11, 2008

  • "I saw that love was a game that two people couldn't play at without pushing, just like football."
    - Frank O'Connor, 'The Genius'.

    September 5, 2008