push·er | \ ˈpu̇-shər \

Definition of pusher 

: one that pushes especially : one that pushes illegal drugs

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Following President Trump's public calls to execute drug pushers, Atty. Joseph Tanfani, latimes.com, "Following Trump's lead, Sessions urges federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against major drug dealers," 21 Mar. 2018 For weeks, many asked the question: Who is the Putney Bridge pusher? Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "A mystery jogger shoved a woman into the path of a bus. The case is now closed — and unsolved.," 28 June 2018 Ever the boundary-pusher, Lady Gaga posted a series of photos on Instagram today displaying a master skill that few can pull off: Balancing in stilettos. Vogue, "Lady Gaga Masters the Art of Yoga—in Heels," 28 Apr. 2018 And that goes for anybody on the move: walkers, skaters, baby-carriage pushers, motorcyclists, food-cart operators, delivery men, bus, truck, ambulance, and car drivers. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, "July, Ride On," 2 July 2018 Warning: claustrophobes, stroller-pushers and those with mobility difficulties could find the tour troublesome. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When visiting Spring Green's Taliesin or American Players Theatre, stop here, too," 29 June 2018 Some workers in positions that require a lot of physical activity, such as cart pushers, were already allowed to wear more casual items. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Walmart relaxes dress code for some workers: Blue jeans are now OK," 20 Apr. 2018 This pusher configuration not only aides visibility but also puts the prop in a less vulnerable location. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "This Helicopter-Inspired Flier Is Africa's Home-Built Warplane," 13 June 2016 More: Feds: Reserve Oakland County deputy was an opioid pill pusherWarner was indicted on eight counts of conspiracy, federal program bribery, federal program theft, money laundering and obstruction of justice. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Ex-Detroit airport manager took bribes, ate evidence to cover up crime," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of pusher

1591, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who sells illegal drugs

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