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    #1

    push someone down...

    - By way of example, I have a friend who studied history at university, because his parents pushed him down that route, but he didn't get good results because that wasn't what he was interested in.

    "to push someone down that route"...
    1) is it an idiomatic expression?
    2) does it mean to force someone to do something?
    3) is it correct to say "to push someone down to do something" instead of using "that route"?
    4) can you please suggest more common expressions to replace the one in bold?

    Thank you all

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    #2

    Re: push someone down...

    It's two ideas. They pushed him = they forcefully demanded that he do what they wanted.

    Down that route = along that path, in that direction.

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    #3

    Re: push someone down...

    Thank you. Can you suggest more expressions to mean this in order to widen my vocabulary, please?
    If I said, "they put him up to studying history", could it have the same meaning to a native?

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    #4

    Re: push someone down...

    No.

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    #5

    Re: push someone down...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No.
    so?

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    #6

    Re: push someone down...

    Quote Originally Posted by caesar1983 View Post
    so?
    So, no, it doesn't have the same meaning.

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    #7

    Re: push someone down...

    could you please explain the difference in meaning? otherwise I think that the too easy answer "no" is not very clear for a person who is not a mother-tongue.

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    Re: push someone down...

    Quote Originally Posted by caesar1983 View Post
    Could you please explain the difference in meaning? Otherwise I think that the too easy answer "no" is not very clear for a person who is not a mother-tongue native speaker.
    In reply to your question 'If I said, "they put him up to studying history", could it have the same meaning to a native?' I said 'no', because a native speaker would not say that.



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    Re: push someone down...

    If you put someone up to doing something, you dare them/challenge them to do it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: push someone down...

    Quote Originally Posted by caesar1983 View Post
    Thank you. Can you suggest more expressions to mean this in order to widen my vocabulary, please?
    If I said, "they put him up to studying history", could it have the same meaning to a native?
    You could say "they pushed him into studying history", "they made him study history", "they insisted that he study history", "they forced him to study history", etc.

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