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[shuhv] /ʃʌv/
verb (used with object), shoved, shoving.
to move along by force from behind; push.
to push roughly or rudely; jostle.
Slang: Often Vulgar. to go to hell with:
Voters are telling Congress to shove its new tax plan.
verb (used without object), shoved, shoving.
to push.
an act or instance of shoving.
Verb phrases
shove off,
  1. to push a boat from the shore.
  2. Informal. to go away; depart:
    I think I'll be shoving off now.
shove it, Slang: Often Vulgar. (used to express contempt or belligerence):
I told them to take the job and shove it.
Also, stick it.
shove it up your / one's ass, Slang: Vulgar. go to hell: a term of contempt, abuse, disagreement, or the like.
Also, stick it up your/one's ass.
when / if push comes to shove. push (def 35).
Origin of shove1
before 900; (v.) Middle English schouven, Old English scūfan; cognate with Dutch schuiven, obsolete German schauben, Old Norse skūfa; akin to Gothic -skiuban; (noun) Middle English scou, derivative of the v.
Related forms
shover, noun
unshoved, adjective


[shohv] /ʃoʊv/
boon3 .
apparently variant of shive2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shove
  • Pledges of future fiscal discipline have been made repeatedly in the past and are always repealed when push comes to shove.
  • And if push comes to shove you can easily make your own with scrap wood lying around the house.
  • Enthusiasts of fright and violence are advised not to push and shove.
  • As a result, they occasionally slam into each other on a basketball court and get tangled and push and shove.
  • Jack knew his father was disappointed-that was evident-but when push came to shove his father would always be there.
  • If push comes to shove, the emirate surely has the means to satisfy many of them.
  • Grandees on both sides still insist that when push comes to shove, everyone will stop posturing and do their duty.
  • When push came to shove, this election was about huge issues facing our country.
  • Rising magma will sometimes push overlying rocks upward or shove them aside.
  • But, there comes a time in every chytrid's life when it's time to shove off for wetter, more nutritious pastures.
British Dictionary definitions for shove


to give a thrust or push to (a person or thing)
(transitive) to give a violent push to; jostle
(intransitive) to push one's way roughly
(transitive) (informal) to put (something) somewhere, esp hurriedly or carelessly: shove it in the bin
the act or an instance of shoving
See also shove off
Derived Forms
shover, noun
Word Origin
Old English scūfan; related to Old Norse skūfa to push, Gothic afskiuban to push away, Old High German skioban to shove
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Word Origin and History for shove

Old English scufan "push away, thrust, push with violence" (class II strong verb; past tense sceaf, past participle scoven), from Proto-Germanic *skeub-, *skub- (cf. Old Norse skufa, Old Frisian skuva, Dutch schuiven, Old High German scioban, German schieben "to push, thrust," Gothic af-skiuban), from PIE root *skeubh- "to shove" (cf. scuffle, shuffle, shovel; likely cognates outside Germanic include Lithuanian skubti "to make haste," skubinti "to hasten"). Related: Shoved; shoving.

Replaced by push in all but colloquial and nautical usage. Shove off "leave" (1844) is from boating. Shove the queer (1859) was an old expression for "to counterfeit money." Shove it had an earlier sense of "depart" before it became a rude synonym for stick it (by 1941) with implied destination.


c.1300; see shove (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for shove


  1. A hymn or traditional blues song, esp when sung with a heavily accented beat (1930s+ Jazz musicians)
  2. An exclamation point (1950s+ Print shop)
  3. A call, esp on the telephone: Stradazzi wants you to give him a shout (1980s+)

[in the musical sense, shout, ''a black religious song and dance,'' is found by 1862]

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