push under

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push under (third-person singular simple present pushes under, present participle pushing under, simple past and past participle pushed under)

  1. To hide or repress (emotion)
    • 1999, Marva J. Dawn, A Royal "Waste" of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World
      The "sensible" person, in contrast, recognizes that the yearning cannot be stilled, so he tries instead to push it under. This isn't successful either, for the longing keeps surfacing, and his attempts to repress it must constantly be renewed.