Language: Old English
Origin: scufan 'to push away'


1 verb
shove1 S3
1 [intransitive and transitive] to push someone or something in a rough or careless way, using your hands or shoulders:
He shoved her towards the car.
Everyone was pushing and shoving to see the prince.
2 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to put something somewhere carelessly or without thinking much:
Tidying the room seems to mean shoving everything under the bed!
He shoved his hands into his pockets.
3 [transitive] spoken used to tell someone in a very impolite way that you do not want something:
They can take their three cents an hour raise and shove it.

➔ when/if push comes to shove

at push2 (6)

shove off

phrasal verb
1 British English spoken used to tell someone rudely or angrily to go away:
Shove off! I'm busy.
2TTW to push a boat away from the land, usually with a pole

shove up/over

phrasal verb
British English to move along on a seat to make space for someone else:
Shove up mate, there's no room to sit down here.

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