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Can I use "push someone" to mean "make someone do things faster"? For example, "Mary is so slow in the kitchen! Can you go push her?" If not, what verb works?
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… what verb works?
I agree with MikeNY that your example could work, similar phrases include: "Can you give her a nudge (along)?", "Can you give her a bit of a hurry-up?", "Can you get her to move things along?".
A less polite phrase is "Tell her to pull her finger out", which can mean to start work or work harder, but I do hear it used to mean work faster.
Another informal version I sometimes hear goes something like this: "Mary's working way too slowly in the kitchen, can somebody put a bomb under her, please?". I believe this is largely an Aust/NZ/UK phrase.
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Last edited by JMurray; 27-Sep-2013 at 08:56.