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    atabitaraf is offline Key Member
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    pushover definition

    pushover: to be easy to persuade, influence, or defeat

    It is the meaning written in Longman for 'pushover.'
    But I think that should be one of these:
    1. to be easily persuaded, influenced, or defeated.
    or
    2. someone who is easily persuaded, influenced, or defeated.
    I don't know why I think the definition above means: someone who persuade... easily.
    Would you help me to find my problem please?
    Last edited by atabitaraf; 18-Apr-2013 at 21:50.

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    Re: pushover definition

    To be a "pushover" is to be easily persuaded, or to give up easily when there is a confrontation.

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    Re: pushover definition

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    pushover: to be easy to persuade, influence, or defeat

    It is the meaning written in Longman for 'pushover.'
    But I think that should be one of these:
    1. to be easily persuaded, influenced, or defeated.
    or
    2. someone who is easily persuaded, influenced, or defeated.
    I don't know why I think the definition above means: someone who persuade... easily.
    Would you help me to find my problem please?
    I can what you're getting at and why you question the definition, but it has the same meaning as your versions. If you say a car is easy to drive, it doesn't mean that the car does the driving.

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    Re: pushover definition

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I can what you're getting at and why you question the definition, but it has the same meaning as your versions. If you say a car is easy to drive, it doesn't mean that the car does the driving.
    In this case the reader could get both the meanings here:
    'to be easy to persuade, influence, or defeat' means:
    1. someone who easily persuades, ....
    2. someone who is easily persuaded, ...

    So due to the ambiguity, the definition is not a good one for a good dictionary, or I'm in a mistake?

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    Re: pushover definition

    No. "To be easy to persuade" is passive. Not active.

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    Re: pushover definition

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    In this case the reader could get both the meanings here:
    'to be easy to persuade, influence, or defeat' means:
    1. someone who easily persuades, ....
    2. someone who is easily persuaded, ...

    So due to the ambiguity, the definition is not a good one for a good dictionary, or I'm in a mistake?
    It doesn't carry meaning 1 here.

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