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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Led by American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, Jake Agnos, and five other first-team all-conference honorees, the Pirates won’t be a pushover for Louisville. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville, East Carolina shared drama in NCAA regional round, meet in NCAA Super Regional," 4 June 2019 Hamels and Darvish are each hitting .107 but are not total pushovers at the plate. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "4 takeaways from the Cubs-Mets series, including Javier Baez’s big moment, Anthony Rizzo’s odd run and Cole Hamels’ ‘shocking’ single," 24 June 2019 Coach Leonard Hamilton’s program is no pushover, having advanced to the Elite Eight and the Sweet Sixteen over the past two years. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU gets new opponent in ACC/Big Ten Challenge: FSU," 6 June 2019 Everton are in better form due to their home record of late but Burnley are no pushovers and the Toffees' away struggles show no signs of abating. SI.com, "Burnley vs Everton Preview: Past Meeting, Form, Team News, Prediction & More," 2 Mar. 2018 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

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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