One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 sightView synonyms
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.’
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