[ shuhv ]
/ ʃʌv /
verb (used with object), shoved, shov·ing.
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, shov·ing.
an act or instance of shoving.
- to push a boat from the shore.
- Informal. to go away; depart: I think I'll be shoving off now.
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Idioms for shove
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM shoveshov·er, nounun·shoved, adjective
Words nearby shove
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British Dictionary definitions for shove off (1 of 2)
verb (intr, adverb; often imperative)
to move from the shore in a boat
informal to go away; depart
British Dictionary definitions for shove off (2 of 2)
/ (ʃʌv) /
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 forms of shoveshover, 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
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Idioms and Phrases with shove off
see push comes to shove; push (shove) off; ram (shove) down someone's throat; stick (shove) it.
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