Definition of shove off in US English:

shove off

phrasal verb

  • 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 sight
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  • 2Push away from the shore or another vessel in a boat.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Laughing angrily at herself, she jumped into the rough boat and shoved off.’
    • ‘The art of boating is continual movement; call us wanderers, but when the chance to cruise arises, we shove off.’
    • ‘Huck finally escapes from the deserted house in the woods and finds a canoe to shove off down the river.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I suddenly made up my mind, and with a few quick steps I was beside the boat, tossing in my buckets and shoving 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.’
    • ‘They hopped on his private boat the Cannon and they shoved off.’