Definition of shove noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃʌv//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌv//
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  • [usually singular] a strong push You have to give the door a shove or it won't close. Harry gave him a hefty shove and he fell over. She sent him off with a little shove.
  • Word OriginOld English scūfan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schuiven and German schieben, also to shuffle.Idioms
    when push comes to shove
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    (informal) when there is no other choice; when everything else has failed
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shove