Definition of shove in English:

shove

verb

[with object]
  • 1Push (someone or something) roughly.

    ‘they started pushing and shoving people out of the way’
    no object ‘kids pushed, kicked, and shoved’
    • ‘Liz placed both of her hands on his shoulders, tried to shove him away but failed miserably.’
    • ‘People were pushing and shoving each other at the end of the hall for better spots in the lines to use the bathrooms.’
    • ‘Finally, he was shoved down into a chair and his ankles were handcuffed to the legs of the chairs.’
    • ‘The boy rushes over and shoves him again into the beam, snapping it in half completely.’
    • ‘Gail is pushing me away but someone else shoves me out the way too.’
    • ‘Damien managed to wrestle the boy away and shove him roughly against the wall, hand over his throat.’
    • ‘But one, a muscular young man, was far from happy, yelling, angrily holding his arm, he began pushing and shoving me.’
    • ‘Inhaling deeply Samantha started pushing and shoving people out of her way mercilessly.’
    • ‘He stepped forward, and as he had hoped, Domenech shoved him back with a firm push to the chest.’
    • ‘She quickly turned away as I felt firm hands on my shoulder shove me back into the hard wall.’
    • ‘She kept pushing at his chest, shoving him closer and closer to the road as she yelled.’
    • ‘When she was satisfied that he was preoccupied she pushed with all her strength, shoving Eric off her and onto the floor.’
    • ‘Andy and I got into a bit of a row about something and began pushing and shoving one another.’
    • ‘I was shoved out of the way and pushed into the space between the toilet and tub.’
    • ‘During the questioning they would push and shove me.’
    • ‘As I stand in shock, Riley pushes me to the side and then forcefully shoves me into a chair.’
    • ‘A few people shoved me to the side but I pushed my way back to face Devon again.’
    • ‘She spat at him angrily, shoving him roughly away from her, not wanting his friendly, compassionate touch.’
    • ‘She pushed her ahead then shoved her into the bathroom, shutting and locking the door behind them.’
    • ‘Prisoners were pushing and shoving each other trying to get a better view of what was going on.’
    push, thrust, propel, impel
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Make one's way by pushing someone or something.
      ‘Woolley shoved past him’
      • ‘Angelique pulled her arm loose of his grip, shoving past him to continue down the path.’
      • ‘Beth shouted over the roar, pushing and shoving her way through people.’
      • ‘I shoved past her, through the throngs of people and up the two flights of stairs to my room.’
      • ‘When the other kid made to shove past Dustin, I stuck my foot into the aisle and sent him flying.’
      • ‘She sent him a look of contempt before shoving past them and going out the front door.’
      • ‘Chase shoved past her and rejoined the flow of angry patrons heading for the doors.’
      • ‘Clark gave him one last look before shoving past the other guys and jogging away.’
      • ‘Bryce looked up and saw her, glared at her before walking out, shoving past her with his shoulders.’
      • ‘Blue yanked her coat on, shoving past them and locking the door with fumbling fingers.’
      • ‘The soldier tried to shove past the innkeeper, but to no avail.’
      • ‘I tried to shove past it, but it was solid and heavy, like a rock.’
      • ‘Bryan looked like the kind of jock who would shove past me in the hallway and laugh when I fell.’
      • ‘He makes a move towards the hall but I shove past him.’
      • ‘I quickly shove past him and run down the sidewalk towards my house.’
      • ‘The children shoved past him - pushing him back into his hallway - jeering and swearing.’
      • ‘He blinked at me, no doubt wondering how I knew, but caught my arm when I tried to shove past him.’
      • ‘I shoved past Sebastian who inhaled when I walked by and I decided to ignore that.’
      • ‘He dashed out of the building, shoving past anyone and anything, his only goal to reach home.’
      • ‘I rubbed my nose and shoved past him since he was blocking the door leading out of the kitchen.’
      • ‘She glared at him and shoved past him, throwing open the door to the women's restroom.’
      push, push one's way, force one's way, barge, barge one's way, elbow, elbow one's way, shoulder one's way, muscle, bludgeon one's way, plunge, crash, bulldoze, sweep, bundle, hustle, hurry, rush
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    2. 1.2with object and adverbial of place Put (something) somewhere carelessly or roughly.
      ‘she shoved the books into her briefcase’
      • ‘I picked up my books, shoving my papers back into the file, and walked out of the bathroom, acting as if nothing had happened.’
      • ‘Ryan tossed his black messenger bag on the desk and shoved his binder and books into it.’
      • ‘She shoved her place marker into the book of spells she had been absorbed in and snapped it closed.’
      • ‘I shove the book back into my bag and stare into space for a while.’
      • ‘He leans against a wall carelessly and shoves his hands into his pockets.’
      • ‘I just picked up all my books and shoved them into my locker as fast as my body could work.’
      • ‘Langley muttered darkly under her breath and shoving her hands in her pockets, started off towards the town.’
      • ‘Skipping her morning shower, she threw on some clothes and gathered her books, shoving them in her bag on her way downstairs.’
      • ‘He looked over again and smiled before shoving them carelessly in his book bag.’
      • ‘After pulling his shorts up to his waist, he carelessly shoved the jump suit into the closet.’
      • ‘I had just shoved my Precalculus book into my backpack when I felt a sharp poke in my back.’
      • ‘Sara shoved her math books on the shelf and stuffed a blue lunchbag into her backpack.’
      • ‘She ran and grabbed her book bag, shoving everything in quickly.’
      • ‘Decisively, I shove all of my books into my bag, making sure to create as much racket as possible while doing so.’
      • ‘She moved to the massive cherrywood table and began to shove her notebooks and text books into her leather backpack.’
      • ‘He was so sexy, I thought absently as I shoved my six inch book into my old blue locker.’
      • ‘Gathering his books together, he shoved them into his bag and slung it over his shoulder.’
      • ‘I licked my lips and shoved the last of my books into my locker.’
      • ‘I pulled them out of my bag and ate three, shoving the rest back.’
      • ‘I settled for shoving my hands in my pockets and staring at the Ghiradelli shop I was standing across the street from.’
      put, place, rest, deposit, set, set down, lay, leave, settle, stick, position, station
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    3. 1.3shove itinformal Used to express angry dismissal of something.
      ‘I told the selectors to shove it’
      • ‘What did you think of your stepmother telling somebody to shove it?’
      • ‘Would it be possible for us to send a message and tell them to take their oil and shove it?’
      • ‘You're probably on track when you imply I can shove it if I don't like it.’
      • ‘This is why an artist should do their own thing, and tell their managers to shove it when they offer ‘helpful’ advice.’
      • ‘And tell those collaborationist bastards to shove it too, for that matter.’
      • ‘Take your macho bravado and shove it.’
      • ‘In my case I told them to shove it and said I would just keep deleting the bogus e-mails being rejected by other ISP servers.’
      • ‘And I have had other people talking about me being just, you know, disgusting and they can shove it.’

noun

  • A strong push.

    ‘she gave him a hefty shove and he nearly fell’
    • ‘With a shove, I pushed him out of my car and drove off.’
    • ‘Mallinder might have added that Sale could have inflicted even more damage on their opponents had safety concerns not restricted them to only the gentlest of shoves in the scrum.’
    • ‘She was being woken with a soft shove on her shoulder.’
    • ‘‘You don't look so bad yourself’ I said while giving him a playful shove on the shoulder.’
    • ‘A few well timed shoves jolted the wooden crate that had barred the exit, leading them all up into the eerie silent Southwestern portion of La Fortaleza's courtyard.’
    • ‘He handed me back the phone and gave my shoulders a shove.’
    • ‘It is a robust style in which tugs, nudges, charges and shoves are given and received, but there is far more to Sutton than that.’
    • ‘She gave him a shove before running back towards her room.’
    • ‘She gave his shoulder a playful shove, and left her hand there.’
    • ‘With a strong shove, he slides the book over to her.’
    • ‘Jamie gave Alex a shove in the shoulder, pushing him toward the side gate.’
    • ‘I gave her a shove on her shoulder to see if it would rouse her.’
    • ‘He shouted, recovering quickly from her shove and pushing her back equally hard.’
    • ‘With a strong shove, they were pushed away from the dock and out into the murky waters.’
    • ‘He started to walk past me, out of the kitchen, but I blocked him, giving him a little shove on the shoulders.’
    • ‘From behind me, a rough shove almost knocked me off my feet.’
    • ‘A large group of people race toward Austin Wolf to get in front of the line with pushes and shoves, in order to reach the stage steps first.’
    • ‘With a great shove, he pushed them open and gasped at the sight.’
    • ‘With a shove, Stephanie pushes Jessica sideways onto the bed and moves to the telephone keeping her gun keenly trained on Jessica.’
    • ‘Then, after giving Estes a slight shove, she turns to the rest of us.’
    push, thrust, barge, ram, bump, bang, jolt, butt, knock, prod, poke, nudge, elbow, shoulder, jostle
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Phrasal Verbs

  • shove off

    • 1usually in imperativeGo away.

      ‘shove off—you're bothering the customers’
      go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight
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    • 2Push away from the shore in a boat.

      ‘we shoved off into the sound toward the island’
      • ‘The art of boating is continual movement; call us wanderers, but when the chance to cruise arises, we shove 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.’
      • ‘Sitting down daintily on the only seat that isn't wet, Chelsea holds her duffel bag close to her chest as the old sailor prepares to shove off.’
      • ‘The boat shoved off, paddling silently away, and she turned with the rest of her team to crouch in the brush that lined the riverbank.’
      • ‘Feeling at a loss, we get into our canoe and shove off, and then any thoughts of the Dunns' welfare vanishes as we think of our own.’
      • ‘They hopped on his private boat the Cannon and they shoved off.’
      • ‘Ward and his video crew, afraid they'd miss out, commandeered an inflatable raft and shoved off downstream.’
      • ‘Huck shoves off for a little island, hides the raft, and sleeps.’
      • ‘Laughing angrily at herself, she jumped into the rough boat and shoved off.’
      • ‘Huck finally escapes from the deserted house in the woods and finds a canoe to shove off down the river.’
  • shove up

    • Move oneself to make room for someone.

Origin

Old English scūfan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schuiven and German schieben, also to shuffle.

Pronunciation

shove

/ʃʌv/