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- Energetic; pushy. [from 19th c.]
- 1905, William Le Queux, The Czar's Spy:
- All grades pass before you, from the pushful American commercial man interested in a patent medicine, to the proud Indian Rajah with his turbaned suite; from the variety actress to the daughter of a peer, or the wife of a millionaire pork-butcher doing Europe.
- 1908, John F. Runciman, Haydn:
- He met Gluck, who a little later was quite inaccessible to the most pushful of young men; also Dittersdorf and Wagenseil, who, whatever we may think of them, were very high and unapproachable musicians in their time.
- 1917, Various, Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Sept. 12, 1917:
- 'Twas not by barking mortars that the pushful CAESAR scored; He trusted close formations and the silent stabbing sword.
- 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p. 189:
- Buzzaway was one of the privileged (or pushful) people who were sometimes to be seen riding along a road beside the huntsman […]