a pushover


something easy

TRANSLATION

pushover = etwas das einfach zu erledigen ist (von einer Sache); ein Schwächling (von einer Person) --- GOOGLE INDEX How frequent is this English word? pushover: 475,000 Google Hits

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Make no mistake, this game is no PUSHOVER. It offers a challenge to players of any skill level and it has plenty of longevity.

(description of the PC game Throne of Darkness)

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Being nice is an essential quality necessary for success. It is a quality that sustains relationships and makes you someone others want to be around. However, there is a fine line between being nice and being a PUSHOVER.

The Huffington Post

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pushover
noun

1. something accomplished without difficulty

2. an opponent who is easy to defeat or a victim who is capable of no effective resistance

3. someone unable to resist an attraction or appeal

(Merriam-Websters Online Dictionary)

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ORIGIN

In 1921 H.L. Mencken, an American journalist of German ancestry, published an extensive study of the differences between British and American English. The 739-page reference, The American Language, is a classic that is still in use today.

In the section on slang, Mencken gives Jack Conway, the famous editor of Variety magazine, credit for creating the word pushover.

It referred originally to either a boxer who was easy to defeat or a woman who could easily be taken advantage of.

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SYNONYMS

(an easily accomplished task): breeze, snap, cinch, child's play, duck soup, a piece of cake

(person): sap, sucker, weakling, chump, easy mark, patsy

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SMUGGLE OWAD INTO A CONVERSATION TODAY
say something like:

"Tell your boss exactly what you think and he'll respect you for it. Otherwise, he'll think you're a pushover."

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