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when someone pushes something [≠ pull]:
Jodi had stopped swinging. 'Want a push?' her dad asked.
If the door's stuck, just give it a push.
at/with the push of a button (=used to emphasize how easy a machine is to use)
Files can be attached to your email at the push of a button.
when someone, especially a business, tries to get or achieve something:
the pre-Christmas advertising push
the push for improved productivity
push to do something
a push to attract new members
if someone gives someone else a push, they encourage or persuade them to try something:
She just needed a gentle push to get her to join in.
a planned military movement into the area where the enemy is
The army has made another big push into enemy territory.
5 British English informal
if your employer gives you the push, they make you leave your job:
I was scared I'd get the push.
if someone you are having a romantic relationship with gives you the push, they tell you that they no longer want to continue the relationship
6 also if it comes to the push British English spoken
if a situation becomes very difficult or action needs to be taken:
If push comes to shove, you can always sell the car.
7 informal British English
if you can do something at a push, it will be difficult, but you will be able to do it:
We have room for five people, maybe six at a push.
8 British English spoken
used to say that something will be difficult because you do not have enough time to do it:
I'll do my best, but it'll be a bit of a push.