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

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"if/when push comes to shove" in British English

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if/when push comes to shove

C2 If something can be done if push comes to shove, it can be done if the situation becomes so bad that you have to do it:

If push comes to shove, we can always sell the car.

(Definition of “if/when push comes to shove” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)