push·​over | \ ˈpu̇sh-ˌō-vər How to pronounce pushover (audio) \

Definition of pushover

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pushover


doormat, jellyfish, namby-pamby, reed, weakling, wimp



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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.
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Her character, Lara Jean, is shy but not a pushover, and smart but not in a way that would be unrealistic for a high schooler. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "7 Things to Love About 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'," 17 Aug. 2018 But the Seleção could enter this game with a little too much confidence and not think of the task at hand, and Belgium aren't exactly pushovers. SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing Belgium's Chances at the Tournament," 5 June 2018 Round-of-16 opponent Denmark won’t be a pushover, but Croatia’s toughest game will be a quarterfinal meeting with Spain. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Weekend Read: A Case for All 16 Teams to Win the World Cup, Reflecting on Tyler Hilinski and More," 29 June 2018 The prize for that was a place in the weaker half of the draw, but Switzerland is no pushover. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup: Ranking the matchups in the Round of 16," 29 June 2018 The Oakland Athletics, who come to town for four games, are not pushovers. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "After embarrassing week, Detroit Tigers to have mental toughness tested," 24 June 2018 Switzerland, ranked No. 6 in the world, won’t be a pushover. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "World Cup: Sunday's matchups," 16 June 2018 None of those teams are a pushover, but the Nationals are the only one comfortably above .500. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: The Indians' Surprisingly Bad Bullpen, the State of the NL West and Culberson's Magic," 4 June 2018 Portia, is quieter, perhaps calmer, but definitely no pushover. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Germantown Friends' McKoy twins will continue track careers at Lafayette, Lehigh," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of pushover

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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English Language Learners Definition of pushover

: an opponent that is easy to defeat
: something that is easy to do
: someone who is easy to persuade or influence


push·​over | \ ˈpu̇sh-ˌō-vər How to pronounce pushover (audio) \

Kids Definition of pushover

1 : an opponent that is easy to defeat They thought our team would be a pushover.
2 : someone who is easy to persuade or influence He asked his grandmother for a loan knowing she was a pushover.
3 : something easily done The exam was a pushover.

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