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thrust

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /θrʌst/ (thrust, thrust) us  
to push suddenly and strongly: She thrust the money into his hand. They thrust a microphone in front of me and fired questions at me. She thrust the papers at me (= towards me). The bodyguards thrust past the crowd to get at the cameraman.
Phrasal verbs

thrust

noun uk   /θrʌst/ us  

thrust noun (IDEA)

[S] the main idea, subject, or opinion that is discussed or written about: The main thrust of her argument was that women are compromised by the demands of childcare.

thrust noun (PUSH)

[C] a strong push [U] specialized engineering the driving force produced by, for example, an aircraft engine
Translations of “thrust”
in Spanish meter, hincar, abrirse paso…
in French enfoncer…
in German stoßen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 推擠, 刺, 戳…
in Chinese (Simplified) 推挤, 刺, 戳…
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