shove Definition

  • 1push (someone or something) roughly
  • 2move (something) somewhere by pushing it roughly
  • 3put (something) somewhere carelessly or hastily

Using shove: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shove" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He shoved me out of the way.

  • Example

    She shoved the books into her bag.

  • Example

    I just shoved everything in the closet.

  • Example

    He shoved his hands in his pockets.

shove Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for shove

Phrases with shove

  • leave a place, especially in a rude or abrupt manner


    It's time for us to shove off and let them get some work done.

  • an expression of contempt or dismissal


    When he told me to do it again, I just wanted to tell him to shove it.

  • to treat someone badly or unfairly


    He's always shoving his employees around and making unreasonable demands.

Origins of shove

Middle English: probably from Low German schōven, of West Germanic origin; related to shove.


Summary: shove in Brief

The verb 'shove' [ʃʌv] means to push or move something roughly or carelessly. It can be used in phrases like 'shove off,' meaning to leave abruptly, or 'shove it,' as an expression of contempt. The idiom 'shove around' refers to treating someone unfairly or badly.

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