verb (used with object), shoved, shov·ing.
verb (used without object), shoved, shov·ing.
- to push a boat from the shore.
- Informal. to go away; depart: I think I'll be shoving off now.
- shout from the rooftops,
- shouting distance,
- shouting match,
- shove off,
- shovel beak
Origin of shove1
Origin of shove2
Examples from the Web for shove
The four of them move to the boat, right it, balance the mattress across its bow and shove it towards the water.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The era of singers telling loser boyfriends to shove off and demanding more from men was over.Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl: The Halcyon '90s and Feminism's Resurgence in Pop Music|Amanda Marcotte|August 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When push comes to shove, the pressure of staving off Ghana, Portugal, and Germany fell on Howard.
He tries to shove his relationship with Amia into a box and that box explodes in his face.Louie’s Elevator Romance: Can Love Exist Without Sex?|Amanda Marcotte|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is power politics, I knew, and push would eventually and inevitably come to shove.
Then, as the night grew cold, Tish suggested that we shove them near the fire, which we did.Tish, The Chronicle of Her Escapades and Excursions|Mary Roberts Rinehart
He was drunk half the time an' wan't worth the attention it would take to shove him into the river.The Starbucks|Opie Percival Read
If the day is not bright, shove your timer over to one-tenth of a second, or to one-fifth.If You Don't Write Fiction|Charles Phelps Cushing
He gave me a shove across the threshold, while the door closed itself silently behind us.Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger|John Masefield
As he started away he was forced to shove his way through the press around him.'Firebrand' Trevison|Charles Alden Seltzer
Word Origin 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.).
see push comes to shove; push (shove) off; ram (shove) down someone's throat; stick (shove) it.