push back

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v push back cause to move back by force or influence "repel the enemy","push back the urge to smoke","beat back the invaders"
    • n push back the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw
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Quotations

  • Rita Coolidge
    Rita Coolidge
    “Too often the opportunity knocks, but by the time you push back the chain, push back the bolt, unhook the locks and shut off the burglar alarm, it's too late.”

Usage

In literature:

Instead, it began to roll back up the hill, as Tum Tum pushed on it.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum
He pushed away his chair, and set back the lamp on the mantel.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
The whole gang stopped, and Marizano, turning back, pushed the woman with his foot.
"Black Ivory" by R.M. Ballantyne
A pushed-back cap had the crossed slide-rule symbol of ship's computer man.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Mr. Stokes entered and, finding that his friend hung back, went out again and half led, half pushed him indoors.
"Short Cruises" by W. W. Jacobs
What express strategical gain do they expect from pushing back the Germans?
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
She pushed back her sunbonnet.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Hesitatingly Louison pushed back the bolt, and with a sigh of relief she saw Robeckal's face; no, that was not the vicomte.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
I led them slowly back to their hiding place, gave them a last lick at my hands, and pushed them gently under the hemlock curtain.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
Hillard changed his mind; he pushed back his hat and held up his chin.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
They squatted down on the floor until dinner was over and then motioned for the table to be pushed back to the wall.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
This he pushed back an inch, carefully, without noise, and bent his ear to the opening.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
He pushed back his chair, got to his feet, and stalked out of the room without looking at any of us.
"Sense from Thought Divide" by Mark Irvin Clifton
As the weeks passed the approach of winter began to push autumn back.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
See how he pushes his coat back!
"A Campfire Girl's Test of Friendship" by Jane L. Stewart
The younger man slammed his hands to his desk, pushing himself back.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
The sudden push displaces the foal toward the opposite side of the womb, and as it floats back its hard body is felt to strike against the hand.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
He groaned, shook her off, and pushed her back.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Colonel Martin determined to push the party back and interpose his regiment between them and Omdurman.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
They left the pool and pushed on toward the mountain slopes, working their way back to the pass.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
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In poetry:

Push back the velvet curtains
That darken the lonely room,
For shadows peer out of the crimson depths,
And the statues gleam white in the gloom.
"Eighteen Sixty-Two" by Marietta Holley
There, now I can call you my own!
Let me push back the curls from your brow,
And look in your dark eyes and see
What my bird is thinking of now.
"Home" by Marietta Holley
So now was the time for action,
Before the worst came to the worst,
Should I stand on the track and push the train back?
But something said —" Safety first" (!)
"The Scotch Express —From Ireland" by T W Connor
Why did I dream of you last night?
Now morning is pushing back hair with grey light
Memories strike home, like slaps in the face;
Raised on elbow, I stare at the pale fog
beyond the window.
"Why Did I Dream of You Last Night?" by Philip Larkin
With a hard hand, woman-kind,
He pushed back the sweaty hair.
"Now then, laddie, ease your mind,
Pain will end for you out There. . . ."
An' the smile on Blair's rough face
Was a blessin' an' a grace.
"The Reaper in the Bush" by C J Dennis
He has launched his frail boat on the waters—
He has pushed from the shore!
Pray, oh, pray for the soul of O'Farrell,
He shall come back no more.
"Shawn O'Farrell, O'Farrell, O'Farrell,
I shall see you no more!"
"The Sea Hounds" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

BART police officers push back a protester at the Civic Center station in San Francisco, Monday.
Israeli troops today opened fire today to push back crowds that were surging toward the border fence between Gaza and Israel.
Hartford Healthcare Unions Push Back On Required Flu Shots.
Politics / News CD2: Gabby Pushes Back Against McSally's Claims To Be Her True Heir .
Obama more aggressive, Romney pushes back.
President Obama pushed back sharply Friday against Republican Mitt Romney's attempt the previous day to suggest that the president has given up on his message of change from four years ago.
EU Leaders Push Back Integration Decisions.
Syria Uses Scud Missiles in New Effort to Push Back Rebels.
Well-- well, Bob, I-- I-- I guess we-- we-- we-- you're-- you're very good, but I just push back on this.
The King of Fighters XIII pushed back to November 22nd.
Space shuttle Endeavor, the next-to-last shuttle in NASA's dwindling fleet, was scheduled to depart on its final mission on April 29, but that has been pushed back to at least May 16.
Journo-Tools for Obama Even some in the old media are fed up, so when will the GOP push back.
Lutherans push back against HHS mandate .
And when CIOs need to push back.
Panetta pushes back on calls for US military action in Syria.
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In science:

A threshold policy is a pushback control law, which relies solely on the current number of taxiing aircraft to make a push-back decision and is described in [15, 19].
Environmental benefits of enhanced surveillance technology on airport departure operations
Reflecting Brownian motion in a bounded domain D in Rd is a symmetric Markov process that behaves like Brownian motion inside D and is “pushed” back along the “inward normal” direction at the boundary ∂D of D .
Reflecting random walk in fractal domains
The map τ introduced in Theorem 2.6 may be described as a composition of pull-back, B -field transform and push-forward, all operations on the Clifford module of T k -invariant differential forms.
Generalized complex geometry and T-duality
But on this side it encounters sites with cookies, that push it back to the right, like a wall that it can’t pass.
Perturbing transient Random Walk in a Random Environment with cookies of maximal strength
Moreover, the push-forward and the pull-back maps commute in a Cartesian diagram of transverse morphisms.
Algebraic cobordism theory attached to algebraic equivalence
The composition i∗ ∗ (N ) is zero, where iN ∗ is the push-forward via the closed immersion iN , and i∗ N is the pul l-back by the divisor N defined in (7.2).
Algebraic cobordism theory attached to algebraic equivalence
Since γ is rationally smash-nilpotent, we now easily see that α = f∗π∗ (γ ) is also rationally smash-nilpotent since the push-forward and the pull-back maps respect external products (cf.
Algebraic cobordism theory attached to algebraic equivalence
The pro jective push-forward and smooth pull-back on Z∗ (−)D can be defined as for Z∗ (−), and likewise for Z ∗ (−). (3) For a line bundle L → X , define the Chern class operation ˜c1 (L) : Z∗ (X )D → Z∗−1 (X )D as for Z∗ (X ).
Algebraic cobordism theory attached to algebraic equivalence
If an iteration value xn gets close to the value 1, in the next iteration it would be pushed back to the left side of the map, with xn+1 ≈ 0.
A Pseudo Random Number Generator from Chaos
We introduce the incidence variety Σi = {(σ, x) ∈ RH 0(X, Ld )×RX | x ∈ C riti (p|RCσ )} and express E (νσ ) as the push-forward onto RX of the Gaussian measure µR of RH 0(X, Ld ) ”pulled-back” on Σi .
Betti numbers of random real hypersurfaces and determinants of random symmetric matrices
As the level is pushed back upwards in electrostatic energy by the motion, the electron tunnels off, again with a small time delay.
Probing the charge of a quantum dot with a nanomechanical resonator
These experiences push us back to the roots.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
In order to prove the converse we introduce the pull-back and push-forward of an abelian track category.
The characteristic cohomology class of a triangulated category
The second step ‘pushes back’ the information garnered at the boundary at infinity into the universal cover.
Rigidity of hyperbolic P-manifolds: a survey
The system of tautological rings RH ∗(Mg ,n ) ⊂ H ∗(Mg ,n ) is defined as a minimal system of subalgebras of the algebras of cohomology that is closed under the push-forwards and pull-backs via the natural mappings between the moduli spaces.
BCOV theory via Givental group action on cohomological field theories
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