verb (used with object), shoved, shov·ing.

  1. to move along by force from behind; push.
  2. to push roughly or rudely; jostle.
  3. 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.

  1. to push.


  1. an act or instance of shoving.

Verb Phrases

  1. shove off,
    1. to push a boat from the shore.
    2. go away; depart: I think I’ll be shoving off now.
  1. shove it, Slang: Often Vulgar. (used to express contempt or belligerence): I told them to take the job and shove it.Also stick it.
  2. 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.
  3. when/if push comes to shove. push(def 35).


  1. boon3.


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


  1. the act or an instance of shoving

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.

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