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English definition of “shove”

shove

verb [I/T]    /ʃʌv/
to push someone or something forcefully and with a lot of energy: [T] The opposing player said something, and Chris went over and shoved him. To shove is also to slide something along a surface by moving or pushing it: [T] She got into her coat and shoved her hands deep into her pockets. [M] Jim shoved open the door (= pushed the door to open it), and invited his visitor in. A shoving match is an angry disagreement in which two people push each other in the chest: The discussion in the jury room got so heated that at one point two jurors got into a shoving match. shove    /ʃʌv/ noun [C] Someone in the crowd gave me a shove in the back, and I almost went sprawling.
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