He wants to open his own business, but needs a push in the right direction to get him started.

Source: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/push_2

Does "in the right direction" form a noun phrase with "a push"?

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The preposition phrase in the right direction is complement of the head push.

The phrase a push in the right direction is considered by some as a noun phrase but by others as a determiner phrase.

The "DP analysis or the DP hypothesis" considers such a phrase a determiner phrase, headed by a. "Others reject this analysis in favour of the more traditional NP (noun phrase or nominal phrase) analysis" where push would be the head of the phrase, and a is merely a dependent

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