Is 'push back' a set phrase? Does it mean 'stay away'?

(Reporters wanted to ask him questions and he yelled at them angrily, saying 'push back'.)

Exactly at 39:47



See the various definitions of this phrasal verb here:


Thanks, AStar.

Unless I have missed some definition, most examples show the use of push back in a transitive sense. But the man used it (if I am not mistaken) intransitively.


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Mr. TomIs 'push back' a set phrase?

Yes, more or less.

Mr. TomDoes it mean 'stay away'?

Not exactly. It means 'move away', 'move back', 'get back'.

'stay back' implies they are already at some comfortable distance and they should not move forward from there.