pushover

noun

push·​over ˈpu̇sh-ˌō-vər How to pronounce pushover (audio)
1
: something accomplished without difficulty : snap
2
: an opponent who is easy to defeat or a victim who is capable of no effective resistance
3
: someone unable to resist an attraction or appeal : sucker

Examples of pushover in a Sentence

They thought the first team they played would be a pushover. The exam was a pushover. Dad's a pushover. He'll let me do anything I want.
Recent Examples on the Web Neither is a pushover, but those games should still result in wins. Stephen Means, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2023 The Chanticleer's are no pushover, having gone 9-4 last season and UCLA has a new quarterback this season, making this game an intriguing one. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 28 Aug. 2023 If that was the case, then the beat-down bear wouldn’t have wanted to fight and would have been more of a pushover than most Alaska browns. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 19 July 2023 Don’t be a pushover, but resist the urge to shame others for their lack of calendar excellence. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 3 July 2023 The Rockets have turned from pushover to punchy competitor in March, quietly winning four of their last seven after Wednesday's 114-110 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 15 Mar. 2023 Marisol is the living embodiment of warmth and kindness, but no pushover. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 10 Mar. 2023 Houston sports a higher potential to flip from pushover to contender than any of the other half dozen teams at the bottom of NBA league standings. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 9 Apr. 2023 Their job will be to return a bit of menace to a unit that was a pushover at times against quality opponents. Dallas News, 6 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pushover was in 1906

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“Pushover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pushover. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

pushover

noun
push·​over ˈpu̇sh-ˌō-vər How to pronounce pushover (audio)
1
: an opponent easy to defeat or incapable of resistance
2
: someone unable to resist an attraction or appeal
3
: something easily done : snap

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