at a push


British, informal
: with some difficulty : by making a special effort
We can fit five people in the car, six at a push.

Examples of at a push in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The compilation clip could, at a push, be used as a sort of generational Rorschach test. Rory Smith, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Do note that the 4K option will severely sap battery life, however, which already takes a slight hit this generation, resting at around 10 hours at a push. Jon Martindale, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 The dinette converts into a sleeping area for two at a push of a button (the bed stores against the ceiling during the day). Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2021 At the turn of the 20th century, manufacturers and distributors of push-button products often tried to convince customers that their every whim and desire could be gratified at a push – without any of the mess, injury or effort of previous technologies like pulls, cranks or levers. Rachel Plotnick, Discover Magazine, 4 Feb. 2019

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“At a push.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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