Definitions

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

  • n. One that is easily defeated or taken advantage of.
  • n. Something that is easily done or attained. See Synonyms at breeze1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who is easily swayed or influenced to change his/her mind or comply.
  • n. Someone who lets himself be picked or bullied on without defending or stand up for him/herself.

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

  • n. someone who is easily taken advantage of
  • n. any undertaking that is easy to do

Etymologies

push +‎ over; US 1906 of things, 1926 of people (bad boxers and easy women), popularized by Jack Conway of Variety. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We are not a pushover, which is really pleasing, and we keep on going and, if we can keep that up in the coming months, we will be OK.

    Darren Bent says Aston Villa link-up with Agbonlahor can serve England

  • Bygones is one thing, being a pushover is another.

    Fineman: Obama And Durbin Want Lieberman To Stay As Homeland Security Chair

  • "Mariella Frostrup, not normally known as a pushover, seemed to come over all unnecessary when she hosted a question-and-answer session with the prime minister at the Labour conference."

    They do love HMV at the BBC

  • Mariella Frostrup, not normally known as a pushover, seemed to come over all unnecessary when she hosted a question-and-answer session with the prime minister at the Labour conference.

    Now its Gordon "Clooney"

  • Neither Diller nor Gehry is known as a pushover, but both say they had an easy, if not entirely conflict-free, relationship.

    diller@gehry.nyc

  • If the woman was a good listener and even-handed, she was dubbed a pushover and someone likely to have trouble unraveling the “real story.”

    Firedoglake » Gender and Identity Politics

  • There is still a matter of straight up brute power, which is a possible downside for the team, but focusing on stamina and going into every game or not questioning if it's a pushover will be a major attack for the soccer program's return to the state tournament.

    Shelbyville Times-Gazette Headlines

  • The good news for Mr. Ritchie is that most of what Madonna him to do is over the top, unenforceable drivel, the bad news is that he is going to have to fight her tooth and nail on all of this, as she is not known as a pushover when she wants something.

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  • Indeed, in the last few months, fans could read Thorn dealing with a gay frog ensconced in her backyard, watch as her children cajole Thorn (a "pushover," she admits) in a few hours to switch from "considering" a hamster to actually driving to the store and purchasing one, to seeing an offhand comment about biscuits getting her name-checked in the Times of London newspaper.

    Michael Giltz: Exclusive: Tracey Thorn on Her Brilliant New Album

  • Or maybe I just scream "pushover" and everyone's trying to pawn their classes off on me?

    Rock Meets Hard Spot

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