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uk /ʃʌv/ us /ʃʌv/

shove verb (PUSH)

[ I or T ] to push someone or something forcefully:

She was jostled and shoved by an angry crowd as she left the court.
Just wait your turn - there's no need to shove.
Reporters pushed and shoved as they tried to get close to the princess.

shove verb (PUT)

[ T + adv/prep ] informal to put something somewhere in a hurried or careless way:

I'll just shove this laundry in the washer before we go out.
"Where should I put this suitcase?" "Shove it down there for the moment."
They can't just shove motorways anywhere they like, you know.

shove verb (MOVE BODY)

[ I + adv/prep ] UK informal to move your body to make space for someone else:

Shove over/along, Lena, and make some room for me.
Why don't you shove up so that Fatima can sit next to you?


shovenoun [ C ]

uk /ʃʌv/ us /ʃʌv/

(Definition of “shove” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shoveverb [ I/T ]

us /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.
noun [ C ] us /ʃʌv/

Someone in the crowd gave me a shove in the back, and I almost went sprawling.

(Definition of “shove” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)