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"With one hand on the small of her back, and another just a bit lower, he urged her against him again. The woman was melting his resolve and calling into question his honorable intentions."

What is "urge her against him"? Dictionaries don't say anything about "urge against".

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    What kind of crap are you reading?? ;-) – Jim Mar 3 '13 at 6:22
  • @Jim I apologize for the adult-nature of the example. It's just that I am confused by the usage. – user38627 Mar 3 '13 at 7:01

Each word has its own meaning.

"Against" means "in contact with" (dictionary.com)

"Urge" has several meanings, almost all of which work:

  1. to push or force along; impel with force or vigor: to urge the cause along.
  2. to drive with incitement to speed or effort: to urge dogs on with shouts.
  3. to press, push, or hasten (the course, activities, etc.): to urge one's escape.
  4. to impel, constrain, or move to some action: urged by necessity.
  5. to endeavor to induce or persuade, as by entreaties; entreat or exhort earnestly: to urge a person to greater caution. (dictionary.com)
  • Does that mean "He ordered/threatened the hostages against the wall" is good English? – user38627 Mar 3 '13 at 7:02