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 shove

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




Origin of shove

apparently variant of shive2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shove

Contemporary Examples of shove

Historical Examples of shove

  • 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.


    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



to give a thrust or push to (a person or thing)
(tr) to give a violent push to; jostle
(intr) to push one's way roughly
(tr) informal to put (something) somewhere, esp hurriedly or carelesslyshove it in the bin


the act or an instance of shoving
See also shove off
Derived Formsshover, noun

Word Origin for shove

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

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with shove


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

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