The four of them move to the boat, right it, balance the mattress across its bow and shove it towards the water.
This is power politics, I knew, and push would eventually and inevitably come to shove.
When push comes to shove, the pressure of staving off Ghana, Portugal, and Germany fell on Howard.
And when push came to shove, Bill Clinton did send Elián González back to Cuba, against the fervent wishes of Cuban-Americans.
In a video posted to YouTube, you can see Israel's top spokesman manhandle and shove a female correspondent on the Temple Mount.
I'll shove you to one side, and you can take the consequences!
These men came out into the aisle, so that Meyers had to shove through them.
Rhymer gave the word to shove off, and the boat pulled away from the bank.
He gave his prisoner a shove, making him stumble a couple steps toward me.
The smaller boats had already made a couple of trips before they were ready to shove off for the ship.
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.).