push around

verb
be bossy towards (Freq. 1)
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Her big brother always bullied her when she was young

Syn:
Hypernyms: ↑intimidate
Hyponyms: ↑tyrannize, ↑tyrannise, ↑domineer
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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transitive verb
: to subject to impositions, unfair discrimination, or rough or contemptuous treatment : impose on : hector

serving the public instead of pushing it around — J.E.Gloag

a people whose history for centuries has been one continuous resistance to being pushed around, dominated, or swallowed — Marcia Davenport

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push around (informal)
To bully
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Main Entry:push

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ˌpush a ˈround ˌpush a ˈbout [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they push around he/she/it pushes around present participle pushing around past tense pushed around past participle pushed around] informal phrasal verb
to keep telling someone what to do in an unfair and unpleasant way

They’re always pushing me around.

Thesaurus: to tell people what to dosynonym
Main entry: push

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push around (also Brit push about) [phrasal verb]
push (someone) around/about : to try to force (someone) to do what you want by making threats, using force, etc.

Don't let the bigger boys push you around–stand up for yourself!

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Main Entry:push

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • push around — phrasal verb push around or push about [transitive] Word forms push around : present tense I/you/we/they push around he/she/it pushes around present participle pushing around past tense pushed around past participle pushed around informal push… …   English dictionary

  • push around — push (someone) around to threaten to hurt someone who is smaller or weaker. I feel like I m in third grade and the fourth grade bully is pushing me around and trying to steal my baseball cards. I was a lot skinnier then and could get pushed… …   New idioms dictionary

  • push around — {v.}, {informal} To be bossy with; bully. * /Don t try to push me around!/ * /Paul is always pushing the smaller children around./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • push around — {v.}, {informal} To be bossy with; bully. * /Don t try to push me around!/ * /Paul is always pushing the smaller children around./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • push\ around — v informal To be bossy with; bully. Don t try to push me around! Paul is always pushing the smaller children around …   Словарь американских идиом

  • push around — PHRASAL VERB If someone pushes you around, they give you orders in a rude and insulting way. [INFORMAL] [V n P] We don t like somebody coming in with lots of money and trying to push people around. Syn: bully …   English dictionary

  • push around — she wasn t used to being pushed around Syn: bully, domineer, ride roughshod over, trample on, bulldoze, browbeat, tyrannize, intimidate, threaten, victimize, pick on; informal lean on, boss around …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • push around — (smb) make someone do what you want He is always pushing around his salesmen and saleswomen …   Idioms and examples

  • push around — transitive verb Date: 1923 to impose on contemptuously ; bully …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • push around — verb To treat contemptuously and unfairly; to bully …   Wiktionary


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