1.in consequence of 由于；作为……的结果
例：The child was born deformed in consequence of an injury to its mother.
of little/no consequence 无足轻重的
例：The money was of little consequence to Tony.
例：The committee pressed him to reveal more information.
①press on/ahead （不顾困难地）继续进行
例：It was pouring with rain, but we pressed on regardless.
②press sth. on sb. 迫使（某人）接受，把……硬塞给（某人）
例：All the children had sweets and presents pressed on them by the visitors.
press sth./sb. into service 将就使用
例：The car's broken down so I've had to press my old bike back into service.
3.on the contrary 正相反
例：It is not an idea around which the community can unite. On the contrary, I see it as one that will divide us.
to the contrary 恰恰相反的
例：Show me some evidence to the contrary.
4.at length 详尽地；最后
例：We have already discussed this matter at great length.
①go to any/some/great/extraordinary lengths 竭尽全力
例：She goes to extraordinary lengths to keep her private life private.
②the length and breadth of 各地
例：They have travelled the length and breadth of Europe giving concerts.
Mrs. Bennet1 sent2 them3 word4 that they could not possibly have the carriage before Tuesday5; and in her postscript it6 was added7 that, if Mr. Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer8, she could spare them very well9.
析：①同位语从句：that they could not possibly have the carriage before Tuesday
②宾语从句：that, if Mr. Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer, she could spare them very well
that引导的从句作added的宾语，宾语从句中包含一个if引导的条件状语从句，主句是she could spare them very well。
③主句it was added用的是一般过去时，所以that引导的宾语从句用相应的过去时态。