Push It Meaning
(idiomatic) To make an extraordinary or risky effort; to behave in a way which tests the limits; to expect too much.
Example: 1900, Anthony Hope, Tristram of Blent, ch. 20:
"No hurry, give me time"â€”"don't push it"â€”"wait"â€”"do nothing"â€”"the status quo"â€”all these various phrases expressed Lord Southend's earnest and re-iterated advice."
1989 Dec. 30, Frank Litsky, "Giants' Johnson Practicing Again," New York Times (retrieved 29 August 2013):
This season, Johnson's back spasms returned after five games and he underwent surgery again. . . . "If it comes around well, I might be able to play. I'm not going to push it."
2008 July 24, Bill Powell, "100 Olympic Athletes To Watch: Yao Ming," Time (retrieved 29 August 2013):
[V]arious physicians in the U.S. have been quoted as saying that coming back this quickly from his particular injury is pushing it.
2010, Andre Dubus, Adultery & Other Choices, ISBN 9781453299708, (Google preview):
"Sometimes she lets me touch her, just the breasts you see, and that's fine, I don't push it."