From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshoveshove1 /ʃʌv/ ●○○ verb 1 [intransitive, transitive]PUSH to push someone or something in a rough or careless way, using your hands or shoulders He shoved her towards the car. Everyone was pushing and shoving to see the prince.► see thesaurus at push2 [transitive always + adverb/preposition]PUT to put something somewhere carelessly or without thinking much Tidying the room seems to mean shoving everything under the bed! He shoved his hands into his pockets.► see thesaurus at put3 [transitive] spoken used to tell someone in a very impolite way that you do not want something They can take their three cents an hour raise and shove it. → when/if push comes to shove at push2(6) → shove off → shove up/over→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusshove• He shoved a piece of paper at me.• Not one player shoved an official into the azaleas.• Shove anything you don't want in that sack.• The policemen exchanged glances; then he pushing and shoving began: You first.• Danskin swung at him with the pistol, then shoved Converse aside in pursuit.• The children were all pushing and shoving each other.• At the entrance he shoved hard.• One of the soldiers shoved her roughly against the wall.• The officer removed Schultz' handcuffs and shoved him into a cell.• Tom shoved his suitcase under the bed.• Peter shoved his way through the dense crowd in search of his son.• Robert shoved past the others and made his way to the front of the room.• XTree hopes this move will shove the company into the big league.• Armed police shoved the protestors aside to make way for the president's car.• I got mad, because they were so greedy, and tried to shove them away from the chair.• He bundled the papers together and shoved them into a drawer.• The people moved forward towards the food, pushing and shoving to get there first.pushing and shoving• Geary points out that, by this stage, picket-line behaviour had evolved into a ritualised pushing and shoving.• With some pushing and shoving and much hilarity we changed and appeared in reasonably good order for our ten minute rehearsal time.• There was much pushing and shoving and shouting and waving as the passengers at last began to disembark.• There was a confusion of bodies, a wave of pushing and shoving as the crowd recoiled.• People were pushing and shoving at the barriers to get a better view.• The policemen exchanged glances; then he pushing and shoving began: You first.• He did it without pushing and shoving but with competent authority.• Guests rose from their seats, men pushing and shoving each other.• With a bit of pushing and shoving they finally helped Simon Morris over for their first try.shove it• The food dribbled out and she had to scoop it off his chin and shove it back in.• He shoved it back into the box and snapped down the lid viciously.• Where Ken wanted to jolly the world along, Bernard wanted to push it and shove it for its own good.• Oh, shove it in me, way up!• He shoved it into his mouth, stuffed the fingers in and then the head.• Then I made a fist-sized roll of the rest and shoved it into my deepest pocket.• My sleeping bag's on the floor, and I shove it on the bed quick.• So Gloria had shoved it out of the way under the bed.shoveshove2 noun [countable] PUSHa strong push Give the door a good shove.
Examples from the Corpusshove• Rekindled and re-leased with a shove, the chandelier began to swing again, describing a larger arc this time.• She stood her ground and got an almighty shove from Vassily, who smiled at me apologetically as he delivered the blow.• Giving her a final shove, he pushed her inside.• When the riot had subsided I received affectionate hugs powerful enough to knacker horses and friendly shoves that toppled me over.• Luck would give him a gentle shove in the right direction.• But she did give him a hefty shove and he nearly fell.• Both the transmission controls are heavy, and the all-disc brakes need a hefty shove despite their servo.Give ... shove• As he passed Liam, still asleep, he gave him a shove and sent him sprawling into the gravel.• I nodded to Keith and gave Thorpey a shove.• Rawlins gave him a shove to make room; he turned and snarled.Origin shove1 Old English scufan “to push away”