American English

Definition of shove verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shove
    he / she / it shoves
    past simple shoved
    -ing form shoving
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to push someone or something in a rough way The crowd was pushing and shoving to get a better view. + adv./prep. The door wouldn't open no matter how hard she shoved. shove somebody/something (+ adv./prep.) He shoved her down the stairs.
  2. 2[transitive] shove something (+ adv./prep.) (informal) to put something somewhere roughly or carelessly She shoved the book into her bag and hurried off. He came over and shoved a piece of paper into my hand. Shove your suitcase under the bed. (figurative) Could he be lying? She shoved the thought to the back of her mind.
  3. Idioms
    shove it (informal)
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    used to say rudely that you will not accept or do something “The boss wants that report now.” “Yeah? Tell him he can shove it.”
    Phrasal Verbsshove offshove over
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