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shove1

[shuhv]
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verb (used with object), shoved, shov·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), shoved, shov·ing.
  1. to push.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of shoving.
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Verb Phrases
  1. shove off,
    1. to push a boat from the shore.
    2. Informal.to go away; depart: I think I'll be shoving off now.
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Idioms
  1. shove it, Slang: Often Vulgar. (used to express contempt or belligerence): I told them to take the job and shove it.Also stick it.
  2. 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.
  3. when/if push comes to shove. push(def 35).
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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 formsshov·er, nounun·shoved, adjective

shove2

[shohv]
noun
  1. boon3.
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Origin of shove2

apparently variant of shive2
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Examples from the Web for shove

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  • He then told me to shove off, which I did without waiting for a second order.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • With one shove the zinc-worker made his way through the crowd.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • For a while, it was kick backwards, then a shove at the safe.

    The Einstein See-Saw

    Miles John Breuer

  • Well, shove in quinine, and keep him quiet, with hot bottles to his feet.

    The Burning Spear

    John Galsworthy

  • Edward tumbled into the bottom of the boat, gasping, "Shove her off!"

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame


British Dictionary definitions for shove

shove

verb
  1. to give a thrust or push to (a person or thing)
  2. (tr) to give a violent push to; jostle
  3. (intr) to push one's way roughly
  4. (tr) informal to put (something) somewhere, esp hurriedly or carelesslyshove it in the bin
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noun
  1. the act or an instance of shoving
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See also shove off
Derived Formsshover, noun

Word Origin

Old English scūfan; related to Old Norse skūfa to push, Gothic afskiuban to push away, Old High German skioban to shove
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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.

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n.

c.1300; see shove (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shove

shove

see push comes to shove; push (shove) off; ram (shove) down someone's throat; stick (shove) it.

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