- 1[intransitive, transitive] to push somebody/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[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. Word Origin Old English scūfan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schuiven and German schieben, also to shuffle.Extra examples A leaflet was shoved through my letter box. He shoved me roughly aside. He was shoved to the ground. I shoved hard until the door opened. She shoved open the door. She shoved the letter in a drawer. We shoved our way through the crowd. Harry was shoving his way to the front of the hall. He shoved the girl out of his way. Just shove your suitcase under the bed. The door wouldn’t budge, no matter how hard she shoved. They shoved the guard aside.Idioms (informal, especially North American English) 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 up
BrE BrE//ʃʌv//; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shove
BrE BrE//ʃʌv//; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌv//he / she / it shoves
BrE BrE//ʃʌvz//; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌvz//past simple shoved
BrE BrE//ʃʌvd//; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌvd//past participle shoved
BrE BrE//ʃʌvd//; NAmE NAmE//ʃʌvd//-ing form shoving
BrE BrE//ˈʃʌvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃʌvɪŋ//