- 1Push (someone or something) roughly: police started pushing and shoving people down the street [no object]: kids pushed, kicked, and shovedMore 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.
- 1.1 [no object] Make one’s way by pushing someone or something: Woody shoved past himMore example sentences
push (one's way), force one's way, barge (one's way), elbow (one's way), shoulder one's way
- 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.
- 1.2Put (something) somewhere carelessly or roughly: she shoved the books into her briefcaseMore 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 itMore example sentences
- 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?
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- 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.
Old English scūfan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schuiven and German schieben, also to shuffle.