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1informal [usually in imperative] Go away:‘shove off—you're bothering the customers’go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sightgo, go your way, get going, take oneself off, get moving, move off, be off, set off, set out, start out, make a start, take one's leave, decamp, duck out, take wing, walk out, walk offbe off with you!, shoo!hit the road, fly, skedaddle, split, vamoose, scat, scram, make oneself scarce, be on one's way, run along, beat it, get, get lost, push off, buzz off, clear off, skip off, pop off, go jump in the lake, go and jump in the lakeon your bike!, go and chase yourself!get along, push along, get stuffed, sling your hook, hop it, hop the stick, hop the twig, bog off, naff offbug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hikenick offrack offvoetsak, hambabugger off, piss off, fuck offsod offbegone, avauntView synonyms
2Push away from the shore in a boat:‘we shoved off into the sound toward the island’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Laughing angrily at herself, she jumped into the rough boat and shoved 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.’
- ‘Ward and his video crew, afraid they'd miss out, commandeered an inflatable raft and shoved off downstream.’
- ‘They hopped on his private boat the Cannon and they shoved off.’
- ‘Huck shoves off for a little island, hides the raft, and sleeps.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Huck finally escapes from the deserted house in the woods and finds a canoe to shove off down the river.’
- ‘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.’
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