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What verb or phrase do you use to describe the situation where someone is sitting in a rolling chair and they push against the floor to move around.

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Other options are scoot (as in "(kick) scooter") or skate (as in skateboard).

Of the two I'd prefer to use the former, for example, "In one old job I could scoot my chair to my boss's desk and turn it to face the right way in one push" (which is true, though not acceptable in all workplaces).

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I would use the word slide. If being in a chair isn't obvious from context, you'll probably need to make it clear.

  • Let me get a closer look. I'll slide over to you.
  • The boy got hurt after sliding quickly around in a rolling desk chair.

You could also use push as you did in your question:

  • I'll just push myself over to the conference room.

These all are informal, but mostly because it's a fairly informal topic of conversation to begin with.

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There are a number of possibles, but there probably isn't one specific word that fits particularly well. Here are three possibles, but there are probably a lot more.

In a small boat, if you are using an oar on each side like the picture, it is called "sculling." So that might work for using both feet.

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If the person was using one foot only, it might be "poling."

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If they are using furniture by grabbing it in addition to pushing with their feet, you might call that "crawling."

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  • The answer is good, but what if I am changing position around an office siting in an chair with casters by pushing against the floor with their feet? Mar 11 '20 at 14:33

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