Push Back

The phrase ‘Push Back’ means to move or force someone or something back from someone or something.

Example of Use: “There wasn’t enough room, so we pushed back the furniture.”

Interesting fact

No one really knows the origin of the idiom 'push back' but the term is certainly an old one. 'Push' has been used as a verb since the early 14th century and comes from the Old French word 'poulser', which is closely related to the Latin word 'pulsare'. Considering that a 'push' can be given in any direction, this term was likely used even before these words gained popularity.