- 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.
- to push.
- an act or instance of shoving.
- shove off,
- to push a boat from the shore.
- 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
Examples from the Web for shover
Contemporary Examples of shover
But when the “shover” is white and the “victim” is black, only 17 percent say the push is aggressive.It's Not Just Teens Like Michael Brown—Even Small Black Children Are Suspect
August 20, 2014
Historical Examples of shover
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.Two Wars: An Autobiography of General Samuel G. French
Samuel Gibbs French
"That fool Shover nearly broke my neck, too," he confided, sitting down and lowering his voice confidentially.The Halo
Bettina von Hutten
- 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
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.