Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(not) a pushover

a pushovernot a pushover
1) something that is easy to do or someone who is easily influenced or defeated
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    • he/she is not a pushover
  • Analysis
    This expression refers to something that is accomplished without difficulty or somebody who is easily persuaded or defeated. Often times people who are too nice, wish to avoid conflict, or cannot stand up for themselves are 'pushovers,' and may be manipulated by others to do what they want. However, it is important to note that somebody regarded as a 'pushover' may not necessarily be easily persuaded or defeated by everyone and in all situations. For example, in a professional context, you may only be a 'pushover' when it comes to your boss, or, in a social context, when it comes to your children. Phrases with a similar meaning include 'walkover,' and 'a piece of cake.' 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I expect the match tomorrow will be a pushover. We are by far the better team.
    2. John is such a pushover, you can convince him of anything.
    3. That test was a pushover. I could have done it in my sleep
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The boss is not a pushover. He's not going to just let you go home early whenever you feel like it.
    2. Despite our reputation, we cannot afford to go into the negotiations thinking that the other side will just be a pushover. We need to remain focused and play smart.
    3. We need to make concessions in some areas to the client but without looking like we are a pushover.
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