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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 Unabridged
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  • And that shover he put his head back and laughed and laughed and laughed.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It looked like the car he had hired, he knew the shover's face, but there was someone in it.

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • The room took more findin'; but there's an old pal o' mine a shover in the mews. '

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
  • Ridgely had an old slave servant, and shover and I colored men hired.

  • "That fool shover nearly broke my neck, too," he confided, sitting down and lowering his voice confidentially.

    The Halo Bettina von Hutten
  • I sings out, after we'd hit a high wave and that shover had made a more'n ordinary savage claw at my underpinnin'.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I happened to hear the order he gave the shover, and I had my cayuse hitched over at Bob Sharkey's joint.

    The Real Man Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for shover


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 shover



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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  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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