Synonyms of thrust in English:


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1‘she thrust her hands into her pockets’

shove, push, propel, impel
send, press, drive, plunge, stick, force, shoot, ram, barge, bump, knock, strike, hit, jolt, butt, prod, poke, nudge, elbow, shoulder
bulldoze, sweep, jostle, bundle, hustle, hurry, rush, manhandle

2‘he felt that fame had been thrust upon him’

impose, force, foist, push, unload, inflict, obtrude, press, urge
saddle someone with, land someone with, burden someone with, lumber someone with


1‘he gave the gate a hard thrust’

shove, push, ram, prod, poke, stab, jab, lunge, drive, barge, bump, bang, jolt, butt, knock, nudge

2‘a sudden armoured thrust into the city’

advance, push, drive, charge, attack, assault, onslaught, onrush, offensive, sortie, foray, raid, sally, invasion, incursion, blitz, campaign
archaic onset

3‘he countered this verbal attack with some choice thrusts of his own’

barbed remark, verbal assault, verbal attack, barb, hostile remark, insult
criticism, censure, vitriol

4‘only one engine is producing thrust’

force, motive force, propulsive force, propulsion, drive, driving force, actuation, impetus, impulse, impulsion, momentum, push, pressure, power

5‘they failed to grasp the thrust of the speech’

gist, substance, drift, implication, intention, burden, meaning, significance, signification, sense, essence, thesis, import, purport, tenor, message, spirit