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    the usage of push

    Hi,
    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?

    Thank you!

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    Re: the usage of push

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,
    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?

    Thank you!
    Yes, it works.

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    Re: the usage of push

    not a teacher

    … 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.
    put a bomb under - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
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    Re: the usage of push

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    … 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.
    put a bomb under - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    Such an exhaustive reply! I like it!

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