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SHOVE, verb transitive

1. To push; to propel; to drive along by the direct application of strength without impulse; particularly, to push a body by sliding or causing it to move along the surface of another body, either by the hand or by an instrument; as, the shove a bottle along a table; to shove a table along the floor; to shove a boat along the water.

And shove away the worthy bidden guest. Milton.

Shoving back this earth on which I sit. Dryden.

2. To push; to press against.

He used to shove an elbow his fellow servants to get near his mistress


To shove away, to push to a distance; to thrust off.

To shove by, to push away; to delay, or to reject; as, to shove by the hearing of a cause; or to shove by justice. [Not elegant.]

To shove off, to thrust or push away.

To shove down, to overthrow by pushing.

SHOVE, verb intransitive

1. To push or drive forward; to urge a course.

2. To push off; to move in a boat or with a pole; as, he shoved from shore.

To shove off, to move from shore by pushing with poles or oars.

SHOVE, noun The act of pushing or pressing against by strength, without a sudden impulse.