to push my way through the crowd

EnglishBug

Senior Member
Chinese
Several days ago, when I was telling my friend my trip to my populous hometown, I said "I had to push my way through the crowd to get to the train". Today, I saw the phrase "to barge through a crowd", so I am wondering if I could say "I had to barge through a crowd to get to the train". Does "barge through" has any connotations that I should be aware of? How would you say the sentence? Thanks.
 
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    "Barge", I think, is rougher than "push".

    You might apologise to people as you pushed your way through a crowd; if you barged your way through, you wouldn't apologise....
     

    relic5.2

    Senior Member
    English - Ireland
    Though you'd sarcastically say pardon me for barging through if your polite entreaties for someone to move are ignored.

    There's also barging in (on someone) too.
     
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