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shove1

[shuhv] /ʃʌv/
verb (used with object), shoved, shoving.
1.
to move along by force from behind; push.
2.
to push roughly or rudely; jostle.
3.
Slang: Often Vulgar. to go to hell with:
Voters are telling Congress to shove its new tax plan.
verb (used without object), shoved, shoving.
4.
to push.
noun
5.
an act or instance of shoving.
Verb phrases
6.
shove off,
  1. to push a boat from the shore.
  2. Informal. to go away; depart:
    I think I'll be shoving off now.
Idioms
7.
shove it, Slang: Often Vulgar. (used to express contempt or belligerence):
I told them to take the job and shove it.
Also, stick it.
8.
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.
9.
when / if push comes to shove. push (def 35).
Origin
900
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
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Examples from the web for shoving
  • Then, shoving them into close proximity forced them to trade ideas, recognizing each others' blind spots.
  • Sometimes there is a little pushing and shoving in the line as these small-scale growers vie for a slot of time at the press.
  • Gone are the sweaty officials and greasy baggage handlers of yore, the taxi touts and shoving crowds.
  • The police then began shoving and pulling demonstrators who refused to go.
  • His insides shuddered in tune with the shoving, near-panIcked mob about him.
  • Soon the stern shooing turned into forceful shoving.
  • Stop shoving your religious fantasies down our throat.
  • The dogwalker plunged in and began shoving dogs onto land.
  • After a brief shoving match, a little demonstration unfolded.
  • There was some pushing and shoving, but no serious skirmishes.
British Dictionary definitions for shoving

shove

/ʃʌv/
verb
1.
to give a thrust or push to (a person or thing)
2.
(transitive) to give a violent push to; jostle
3.
(intransitive) to push one's way roughly
4.
(transitive) (informal) to put (something) somewhere, esp hurriedly or carelessly: shove it in the bin
noun
5.
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 shoving

shove

v.

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.

n.

c.1300; see shove (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for shoving

shove

verb
  1. To pass counterfeit money (1850+)
  2. o kill; hit: Who shoved her? (1940s+ Underworld)
  3. shove off (1856+)
Related Terms

know what one can do with something, push comes to shove, tell someone what to do with something


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