Definition of shove in English:

shove

Syllabification: shove
Pronunciation: /SHəv
 
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verb

[with object]
1Push (someone or something) roughly: police started pushing and shoving people down the street [no object]: kids pushed, kicked, and shoved
More example sentences
  • Prisoners were pushing and shoving each other trying to get a better view of what was going on.
  • As I stand in shock, Riley pushes me to the side and then forcefully shoves me into a chair.
  • Finally, he was shoved down into a chair and his ankles were handcuffed to the legs of the chairs.
Synonyms
1.1 [no object] Make one’s way by pushing someone or something: Woody shoved past him
More example sentences
  • The children shoved past him - pushing him back into his hallway - jeering and swearing.
  • Blue yanked her coat on, shoving past them and locking the door with fumbling fingers.
  • She glared at him and shoved past him, throwing open the door to the women's restroom.
Synonyms
push (one's way), force one's way, barge (one's way), elbow (one's way), shoulder one's way
1.2Put (something) somewhere carelessly or roughly: she shoved the books into her briefcase
More example sentences
  • I just picked up all my books and shoved them into my locker as fast as my body could work.
  • Ryan tossed his black messenger bag on the desk and shoved his binder and books into it.
  • Sara shoved her math books on the shelf and stuffed a blue lunchbag into her backpack.
1.3 (shove it) informal Used to express angry dismissal of something: I should have told the boss to shove it
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  • This is why an artist should do their own thing, and tell their managers to shove it when they offer ‘helpful’ advice.
  • And I have had other people talking about me being just, you know, disgusting and they can shove it.
  • What did you think of your stepmother telling somebody to shove it?

noun

[usually in singular] Back to top  
A strong push: she gave him a hefty shove and he nearly fell
More example sentences
  • With a strong shove, they were pushed away from the dock and out into the murky waters.
  • With a strong shove, he slides the book over to her.
  • Jamie gave Alex a shove in the shoulder, pushing him toward the side gate.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English scūfan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schuiven and German schieben, also to shuffle.

Phrasal verbs

shove off

1 [usually in imperative] informal Go away: shove off—you’re bothering the customers
Synonyms
go away, get out (of my sight); get going, take oneself off, be off (with you), shoo
informal scram, make yourself scarce, be on your way, beat it, get lost, push off, buzz off, clear off, go (and) jump in the lake, bug off, take a hike
literary begone
2Push away from the shore or another vessel in a boat.
More example sentences
  • Huck finally escapes from the deserted house in the woods and finds a canoe to shove off down the river.
  • Laughing angrily at herself, she jumped into the rough boat and shoved off.
  • I suddenly made up my mind, and with a few quick steps I was beside the boat, tossing in my buckets and shoving off.

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