press (something) on (someone)

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Definition of press (something) on (someone)

: to force (someone) to take or accept (something)
  • I tried to press money on him for my half of the bill, but he refused to take it.
  • She's always pressing her opinions on us.

Word by Word Definitions

press play
  1. : a crowd or crowded condition : throng

  2. : a thronging or crowding forward or together

  3. : an apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped, an impression of a body is taken, a material is compressed, pressure is applied to a body, liquid is expressed, or a cutting tool is fed into the work by pressure

  1. : to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact : squeeze

  2. : assail, harass

  3. : afflict, oppress

  1. : to force into service especially in an army or navy : impress

  2. : to take by authority especially for public use : commandeer

  3. : to take and force into any usually emergency service

  1. : impressment into service especially in a navy

  2. : a warrant for impressing recruits

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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