push around


pushed around; pushing around; pushes around

transitive verb

: to impose on contemptuously : bully

Examples of push around in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His remarks probably resonated for much of the developing world, which often has felt pushed around by wealthier nations and excluded from the international order. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 The 1966 squad closed with a bang, shutting out its final four opponents of the regular season before pushing around No. 6 Nebraska in a 34-7 Sugar Bowl win. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2023 You are left to draw your own conclusions about how crowds, whether in Manila or Manhattan, respond to being pushed around for too long and for apparently arbitrary reasons. Jesse Green, New York Times, 21 July 2023 Wood and tile floors posed a bit more of a challenge—hair tended to get pushed around with the bare floor attachment, but lifting and setting the vacuum head on top of fur worked to capture it. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2023 Revealing their flaws, the Cavs got pushed around in the series opener, losing 101-97 to the Knicks, who took command early and quieted a Cleveland crowd that had waited five years for the chance to scream again in the postseason. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 19 Apr. 2023 McClellan said the group is focusing on a more physical style of running for 2023, joining the offensive line it its desire to push around opponents. Matt Stahl | Mstahl@al.com, al, 7 Aug. 2023 We’re particularly impressed by how easy this stroller is to push around, even with a full car seat in it. Jessica Booth, Parents, 2 Aug. 2023 But there were times we got pushed around and that was the reality of the Ottawa games. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 14 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of push around was in 1923

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“Push around.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push%20around. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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