Meaning of “when push comes to shove” in the English Dictionary

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"when push comes to shove" in American English

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when push comes to shove

also if push comes to shove

when all the easy answers to a problem have not worked, and something else must be tried:

Only a few people were there to help me when push came to shove.

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