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    Hello guys,

    What is the english word for an idea that has become successful? Is it "push through"? Please help.

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    When an idea becomes current, it 'breaks through' or 'catches on'. When someone 'pushes through' an idea, they get it past some level of scrutiny without exposing it to an appropriately wide audience or an appropriate degree of inspection: "If the people at the meeting had realized what it really meant, they wouldn't have passed the motion; but he pushed it through too quickly for anyone to notice."

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    Is it ok to say:

    The order I have made yesterday did not 'push through' because of some reason. This is the reason why I am going to make another order.

    Please correct. Thanks.

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    It sounds as if the order got blocked in some way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It sounds as if the order got blocked in some way.

    So it means that this is a correct sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlbert03 View Post
    Is it ok to say:
    The order I have made yesterday did not 'push through' because of some reason. This is the reason why I am going to make another order.
    Please correct. Thanks.
    It sounds to me as if you should say something like this:
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    The order I placed yesterday did not go through for some reason. This is why I am going to place another order.
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    I agree with Philly- it's not a verb that I would use, but it might be part of their professional jargon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I agree with Philly- it's not a verb that I would use, but it might be part of their professional jargon.
    Good point. My mother was working for Metal Box when they introduced the ring-pull can. The professional jargon for those (the things that let you open a tin without a tin-opener, by pulling a metal ring) was 'easy-open ends'. I've never heard the expression used in any other context, and I'd say it wasn't acceptable if I met it in this forum, but - for all I know - the professionals still use it.

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    ps - clarification of 'for all I know': they may still use it.
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    Thanks to your mum, I won't correct that if anyone asks.

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    I don't get it. Based on this Web site, the meaning of "go through" is different from the one I was trying to say in the sentence. I'm still confused. Please help.

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