push·​er | \ ˈpu̇-shər How to pronounce pusher (audio) \

Definition of pusher

: one that pushes especially : one that pushes illegal drugs

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That pusher allegedly sold the teens aspirin instead of drugs, authorities said. Fox News, "Italian police officer allegedly killed by American teens remembered as hero," 30 July 2019 There are three people to a team: one racer and two pushers. Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "How this neighborhood tricycle-racing party continues to grow up without growing up," 23 July 2019 Since taking office, Duterte has carried out a war on drugs that permits the killing of any drug addict and drug pusher by police. Delfina Barbiero, USA TODAY, "Randy Ribay's moving 'Patron Saints of Nothing' a YA tale of grief, Philippine drug war," 19 June 2019 Both the dual rotor configuration and the rear pusher-prop contribute to the Raider’s fleetness of flight. Eric Adams, WIRED, "The Pirouetting S-97 Raider Makes Your Helicopter Look Lazy," 5 July 2019 Also, executive pay and bonuses for USOC officials should be capped: Never again should a USOC paper pusher get four times more in bonuses than a gold medalist. Sally Jenkins, chicagotribune.com, "The Olympic flame has been extinguished. The USOC should be next.," 26 Feb. 2018 New York Gold beater’s block, repoussé hammer, solder pick, bezel pusher, burnishers, pliers, the torch and the kiln. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘A View From the Jeweler’s Bench’ Review: A Glittering Education," 27 Feb. 2019 Exposure to rudeness in the morning (hello, pushers and shovers of the CTA) can muddle your brain for the rest of the day, affecting your productivity and robbing you of mental clarity and concentration even hours later. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "Fired French waiter isn't the only rude person around. Can meanness kill?," 29 Mar. 2018 Leave the wraps on for 10 to 15 minutes, and then, using a wooden cuticle pusher, gently push the gel off of the nail plates. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of pusher

1591, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pusher

: someone who sells illegal drugs

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to make or get by devious means

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