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push-up

  
     ( push-ups    plural  ) Push-ups are exercises to strengthen your arms and chest muscles. They are done by lying with your face towards the floor and pushing with your hands to raise your body until your arms are straight.  
  (AM)      n-count  
in BRIT, use press-ups     
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push

  

      vb  
1    depress, drive, poke, press, propel, ram, shove, thrust  
2    elbow, jostle, make or force one's way, move, shoulder, shove, squeeze, thrust  
3    egg on, encourage, expedite, hurry, impel, incite, persuade, press, prod, speed (up), spur, urge  
4    advertise, boost, cry up, hype, make known, plug     (informal)   promote, propagandize, publicize, puff  
5    browbeat, coerce, constrain, dragoon, encourage, exert influence on, influence, oblige  
      n  
6    butt, jolt, nudge, poke, prod, shove, thrust  
7      (informal)   ambition, determination, drive, dynamism, energy, enterprise, get-up-and-go     (informal)   go     (informal)   gumption     (informal)   initiative, pep, vigour, vitality  
8      (informal)   advance, assault, attack, campaign, charge, effort, offensive, onset, thrust  
9    the push        (slang)   discharge, dismissal, kiss-off     (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   marching orders     (informal)   one's books     (informal)   one's cards, the boot     (slang)   the (old) heave-ho     (informal)   the order of the boot     (slang)   the sack     (informal)  
  
Antonyms     
,       vb  
1    drag, draw, haul, jerk, pull, tow, trail, tug, yank  
3    deter, discourage, dissuade, put off  
      n  
6    jerk, pull, tug, yank  


push off     
beat it     (slang)   depart, get lost     (informal)   go away, hit the road     (slang)   hook it     (slang)   launch, leave, light out     (informal)   make oneself scarce     (informal)   make tracks, pack one's bags     (informal)   shove off     (informal)   slope off, take off     (informal)  

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