informal When one must commit oneself to an action or decision: when push came to shove, I always stood up for him
More example sentences
- While we'll work as a team, ultimately, when push comes to shove, Michael will have the final say.
- They sometimes say they are, but in fact when push comes to shove, they are no more interested in the weaker clubs than they are in clubs that are not in Victoria.
- But when push comes to shove, he sold out to preserve his place in the party, and all for a man whose campaign attacked his family to score political points only 4 years ago.
Definition of when push comes to shove in:
- The US English dictionary