Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shove v.

1. to have sexual intercourse (with); thus shoving, shoving-match n., sexual intercourse.

[UK]Wandring Whore III 6: Drinking Sack very merrily and feeling the whores whibb-bobs one after the other, till they drove a bargain to play at heave-and-shove.
[UK]King Edward & Jane Shore D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy (1707) III 23: Naples Joan would make them Groan that ardently did love her, But Jane Shore, Jane Shore, King Edward he did Shove her.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk IV 234: When lusty John does to me come, He never shoves but with his bum.
[UK]N. Ward ‘Lampoon Upon Two Sisters’ Miscellaneous Works IV 69: Their Jilting and Loving With Heaving and Shoving, Maintains the whole Family round.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 263: In shoving-matches you may shine, / But don’t in bruising-matches join.
[UK] Burns ‘Courtships’ Merry Muses of Caledonia (1827) 80: Sarah, I will shuve thee; I’ll not only shuve thee, but I’ll ram-shuve thee; I’ll shuve thee as the ram shuveth the ewe.
[UK] ‘We Have Moved & Shoved Together’ Cuckold’s Nest 39: We have moved and shoved together, / These four and twenty years.
[UK] ‘Lord Bateman’s Long Jock’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 21: In Turkey he was shov’d in quod, / Because, as how, that he was found / In dead of night, in the Harem, / Shoving all the ladies round.
[Aus]Register (Adelaide) 25 Nov. 6/7: ‘Come on, off yer perch!’ ‘It’s my sister,’ ‘Oh, yer sister! Shove ’er in!’.
[US] ‘Joe Williams’ G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 185: On Fifth Avenue Avenue I met a pretty lass, / I introduced her to my click, and I shoved it up her ass.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 9: As it went in I made not a sound, / The more that he shoved it / The more that I loved it.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 38: He shoved it in until she died, / And then he tried the other side.
[Aus](con. 1940s–60s) Hogbotel & ffuckes ‘No Balls at All’ in Snatches and Lays 13: There are numerous parsons, quite willing to call, / And shove for the man who has no balls at all!
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] He’s shovin this supermarket bitch, must be about sixteen.

2. (UK Und.) to deceive, to cheat; to take advantage of.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 106/2: I stood this a turn or two, until I felt convinced I was being ‘shoved;’ then [...] I left every one of ’em, and ‘grafted’ for my own ‘jills’.

3. in Und. use.

(a) (US) to pass counterfeit money.

[US]N.-Y. American 9 Dec. 2/3: Oh! says he, I’ll keep this money; you’ll find no difficulty in putting ours off; I’ve just shoved off two of them; they’ll go anywhere.
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 79: shoving Passing bad money.
[US]G.P. Burnham Memoirs of the US Secret Service 97: He shoved over $10,000 in bogus bank bills.
[US]Howsley Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.
[US]C. Hamilton Men of the Und. 325: Shove, To pass counterfeit money or worthless checks.

(b) (US) to sell stolen goods.

[US]F. Packard White Moll 226: He probably ‘shoved’ more stolen goods for his clientele [...] than any other ‘fence’ in New York.

(c) (US drugs) to sell narcotics.

[US]B. Dai Opium Addiction in Chicago 203: Shover. A drug pedlar; as in ‘So-and-so is shoving’.
[US]D. Maurer ‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in Lang. Und. (1981).
[US]J.E. Schmidt Narcotics Lingo and Lore.

4. to put, to place.

[UK]J. Greenwood Wilds of London (1881) 94: She shoved me right bang into a dish of fried Dutch plaice.
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Feb. 2/1: Everything that I didn’t want was shoved into the portmanteau, and all that I desired to have with me was rigidly kept at home.
[UK]A. Morrison Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 57: Are we ’cordions? I don’t b’lieve we’re as much as that . . . no, s’elp me. We’re on’y the footlin’ little keys; shoved about to soot the toon.
[US]Ade Fables in Sl. (1902) 150: The caddy wondered why it was that his father, a really Great Man, had to shove Lumber all day.
[Aus]J. Furphy Such is Life 143: I shoved the kettle on when I seen you comin’.
[UK]Wodehouse Carry on, Jeeves 69: Jeeves is so dashed competent. You can spot it even in the way he shoves studs into a shirt.
[US]J. Lait Gangster Girl 196: They had shoved her face to face with old Pete.
[Aus]D. Niland Big Smoke 146: You come up with a watch, a decent job, bloody all gold, heavy as a handful of brass knackers. You shove it in your kick.
[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 39: ‘Shove it over there, man, you can’t have the whole damn park, you know,’ Helen said to three young girls on one of the benches.
[UK]S. Berkoff East in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 54: In either case I can shove it in the loo.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 12: Here’s a fiver / shove it in your pocket.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 11: Bud shoved over and in.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 151: He’d had her, skirt shoved up over her backside.

5. (US Und., also shove across) to kill.

[US]A.J. Barr Let Tomorrow Come 39: I shoved a guy across, that’s all.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 169: Shove Across. – To kill.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 208: shove across To kill.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 213: Who handled the connect after he got shoved?

6. a negative intensifier, synon. with fuck v. (3), to stop, to forget; usu. in phr. you can shove… or shove it! excl.

[Aus]A. Marshall These Are My People (1957) 146: If they [i.e. employers] come that game with me I tell them to shove the job.
[US]B. Schulberg Harder They Fall (1971) 172: Shove the kids [...] What does this look like, a relief office?
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 103: ‘Company commanders is supposed to lead, right? The Book says – ’ ‘Aw, shove the Book!’.
[NZ]G. Slatter Gun in My Hand 147: Dirty big roast at the weekend. You can shove the bully beef.
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 57: You can jus shove your fuckin job.
[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 154: We [...] told him to shove his fucking drill.
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 123: Mom would yell at [...] the boys to shove their stupid arguments.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 419: Tell ’em to take their linenfold panels and shove ’em.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 223: He could tell his three bosses [...] they could shove their ad, mango flavoured wine and all.
[US]A. Rodriguez Spidertown (1994) 11: Miguel wanted to tell him to shove his goddam wienie roast.
[US](con. 1964–8) J. Ellroy Cold Six Thousand 198: That’s it. Shove your threats. I refuse to hurt Bobby.

7. see shove along

8. see shove off

In derivatives

shover (n.)

one who copulate; a whore.

[UK]‘Snuff Out the Moon’ in Cove in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 220: Darkey comes on [...] for each wim wam shover.

In compounds

shove-devil (n.) [? the trad. joke whereby a monk seduces a virgin by explaining the necessity of ‘shoving the devil back into hell’]

the penis.

[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 44: And some of the other women would give these names [...] my lusty live sausage, my crimson chitterlin, rump-splitter, shove-devil, down right to it, stiff and stout, in and to, at her again, my coney-borrow-ferret, wily-beguiley, my pretty rogue.

In phrases

go shove your mother’s sister’s devil

a phr. used to dismiss an impertinent speaker.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Another answer to Impertinent Instruction is Go Shove your mothers sisters devil, i.e. your Aunts ****.
shove across (v.)

see sense 5 above.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

shove along (v.)

1. to move (quietly).

[US]‘Mark Twain’ Life on the Mississippi (1914) 336: She stopped to get that game-bag before she shoved along again!

2. (also shove) to leave.

[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 208: Shove along, now.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 80: Better be shoving along. Brother Buzz. Come around with the plate perhaps. Pay your Easter duty.
[US](con. 1900s–10s) Dos Passos 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 146: I guess I’ll shove along back to New York.
[US]W. Burroughs letter 24 Apr. in Harris (1993) 82: Nothing is working out here and I am ready to shove.
[US]F. Elli Riot (1967) 133: ‘Let’s shove,’ Fletcher said.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov. 6: shove – leave.

3. to go along with, to support.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Sept. 10/3: Needless to say they are rapidly piling up their little dollar-heaps, and if it lasts another six months it will be independence and a seat in Congress for most every Hiram M’Isaacs among them. Even the lowest in rank of them has a No. 10 fist in the pie, so you can bet they will shove along on the war ticket.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Aug. 11/3: People who, under normal circumstances, wouldn’t have touched Orangeism with a 40-rod pole were beginning to join absurdly-named Lodges and to clothe themselves in preposterous regalia in the belief that in some vague way they were thereby shoving along the cause of Empire.

4. to survive.

[UK]P.C. Wren Odd – But Even So 278: ‘How are you?’ ‘Pretty fit, thank you, And you, Sir?’ ‘Oh, shoving along.’.
shove-and-let-go (n.) [on this car low gear was engaged by pressing a foot-pedal]

(W.I.) a Model T Ford.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
shove for (v.)

to move towards, to go to.

[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 336: So Jim he was sorry, and said he wouldn’t behave so no more, and then me and Tom shoved for bed.
shove in (v.) (also shove up) [one ‘shoves’ the pawned item across the pawnbroker’s counter]

to pawn.

[UK]‘Paul Pry’ Oddities of London Life 11: It’ll ‘spout’ for twelve bob [...] and as soon as hever I gets it ‘shoved up’ I’ll stand a prime ‘blow-out’.
‘O’Reilly’ [US army poem] O’Reilly swiped a blanket, and shoved it up I hear, / He shoved it for a dollar and invested that in beer.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Juno and the Paycock Act III: Well, ever since I shoved in the blankets I’ve been perishing with th’ cowld.
shove it in and break it off (v.) (also shove it up someone’s ass and break it off, shove it way up)

to defeat an opponent, to cause a good deal of trouble.

Houston Post (TX) 17 July 25/5: The ill-used Buffaloes dropped another notch in the percentage column [...] Why will the fates persistently shove it into the Buffaloes and break it off?
[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 22: Your buddy-boy, Doc, could take it and shove it way up before I’d give half a cent for tail.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 102: He was glad he had shoved it up the boss’s ass and broke it off.
[US]Detroit Free Press (MI) 29 Sept. 3/6: ‘I’ll just take them and shove them up the prosecutor’s ass and break them off’.
[US]H. Selby Jr Song of the Silent Snow (1988) 75: Ya gotta keepem in their place or theyll shove it in and break it off.
shove off (v.) (also shove, shove on, shove out) [naut. jargon, to push a boat away from the side of another one or off the harbour wall before setting out]

1. to leave, to go away; usu. as imper; thus shoveoff time n, time to go.

[UK]Cumberland Pacquet 2 Sept. 4/1: Now neither Sue nor black ey’d Nan, / Will give one friendly cheer / [...] / Shove off, no Sally’s here.
Scotsman 18 Sept. 2/3: He crept into the vehicle, bidding the driver ‘shove off,’ with a volley of imprecations.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Adventures of Snodgrass (1928) 31: I shoved out for the Massasawit House [DA].
Queensland Times 16 Feb. 5/5: O’Gorman then said to Russell ‘Shove off at once,’ and the prisoner immediately lelt.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Innocents at Home 479: I then took what small change he had and ‘shoved’.
[UK]’Sailors’ Lingo’ in Hants. Teleg. 21 Feb. 11/3: If you are not wanted to join in any conversation on board ship, you are told to ‘shove off’.
‘Mark Twain’ How to Tell a Story 10: So he git up, he did, en tuck his lantern en shoved out thoo de storm.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Sept. 19/2: A wild–looking Irishman, who was spreeing there and looking for a fight, called Tom a sanguinary perverter of the truth, and started peeling off. Tom, looking at me, said, ‘I don’t want any mullock of this sort. We’ll shove.’.
[UK]Wodehouse Psmith in the City (1993) 101: And now [...] as the hour is getting late, perhaps we had better be shoving off for home.
[US]R. Lardner Big Town 135: We was out on the porch when her ladyship and two dogs shoved off.
[US](con. 1918) J.W. Thomason Red Pants 87: It’s time to shove off now.
[US](con. 1900s–10s) Dos Passos 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 128: It’s time we shoved. [Ibid.] 331: I guess I’ll shove off for New York right after Mardi Gras.
[US]R.E. Howard ‘Alleys of Peril’ Fight Stories Jan. [Internet] Let’s cop the sparkler for ourselves and shove out!
[US](con. 1920s) J.T. Farrell Young Manhood in Studs Lonigan (1936) 218: Yeah, fellow, shove on while you’re all together!
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 160: And now, Bertie, like a good chap, shove off.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Mules and Men (1995) 150: I felt no regrets at shoving off.
[UK]R. Westerby Mad in Pursuit 10: Come on, Wilks, we’ve got to shove off.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 207: It’s no good you mugs hanging round here like a couple of dogs after a bitch on heat. I’ve got a lot of work to do. Shove off!
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 52: Come on, professor, let’s shove.
[US]H. Simmons Corner Boy 140: Here’s your keys [...] I’m shoving off now.
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 14: This [i.e. a pistol] is what I came for. We can shove now.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 28 Aug. Proud Highway (1997) 350: I’m going to whip this one off in hopes of catching you before shoveoff time.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 77: He told her to take her gear and shove off.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 135: ‘Ready to shove off?’ he says cheerfully.
[UK]Beano 27 June 19: You don’t scare me, Bears! Shove off!
[US]D. Jenkins Life Its Ownself (1985) 39: Shoat [...] said he guessed he’d better shove off.
[Aus]J. Morrison Share House Blues 90: ‘Let’s get these presents into the car, then shove off’.
[UK]P. Baker Blood Posse 59: Here’s a dollar, Pops, now shove off.

2. UK Und. to give a sentence of transportation.

[UK]York Herald 3 May 4/3: You b—y convicted thief, you tried to get me shoved of to Bottomy.
shove one’s oar in (v.) (also shove in one’s oar, shove one’s blade in, stick one’s oar in)

to interfere where one is not wanted.

[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 139: ‘Troth now, Father Gibby,’ cried Dennis, shoving in his oar ‘[...] twenty to one does not know what you mane at all.’.
[UK]London Eve. Standard 23 Nov. 1/5: The Ex is at hand, and ready, as ‘a public character,’ to shove in his oar.
[UK] ‘Nights At Sea’ in Bentley’s Misc. Nov. 615: To my thinking it’s wery hodd, Muster Jolly, that you should shove your oar in where it arn’t wanted.
Newry Teleg. 9 Sept. 3/4: Professing [...] to revive agitation in Ireland, Mr John O’Connell has been prompt to [...] shove in his oar.
[US]N.Y. Times 24 Feb. 2/5: He does go on, and he ‘sticks his oar in,’ as usual.
[UK]E.K. Wood Johnny Ludlow III 41: If you shove in your oar, Johnny Ludlow, or presume to interfere with me, I’ll pummel you to powder.
[US]Guthrie Dly Leader (OK) 1 Aug. 4/3: ‘Babe’ McNeal attempted to stick his oar into the procedings.
[US]Inter Ocean (Chicago) 31 July 29/4: Mickey was what I called a tenement house philosopher. He’d stick his oar in every bit of talk.
Huntingdon Herald (IN) 28 Dec. 3/2: Nobody, it seems, cares to stick his oar in [...] and take a chance of getting mixed up in the federal investigation.
[UK]N. Jacob Man Who Found Himself (1952) 105: Not a bad chap; respectful, listens to what you say, didn’t shove his oar in every second.
[UK]Wodehouse Right Ho, Jeeves 126: He starts shoving his oar in and cavilling and obstructing.
[UK]J. Curtis There Ain’t No Justice 180: Who arst you to come sticking your oar in?
[US]F. Brown Fabulous Clipjoint (1949) 66: And she can and will get drunk on Clark Street if you stick our oar in.
Courier-Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 30 July 32/1: [He] ‘begs leave to stick in his oar’ to find fault.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves in the Offing 43: I could have relied on Bobbie to shove her oar in.
[UK]K. Waterhouse There is a Happy Land (1964) 69: Mrs Fawcett was always shoving her oar in every time we’d been doing anything.
[NZ]F.A. Cleary A Pocketful of Years 44: I’se mighty sick of you shoving blade in all the time [...] instead of minding your own damn business.
[US]Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) 29 July 6/3: It now seems that Uncle Sam is willing to stick his oar in for any or no reason.
[Aus]Age (Melbourne) 19 Jan. 14/1: Various scientific disciplines have had a go at explaining this phenomenon [...] Freud was one of the first to stick his oar in.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 151: They got army engineers donkeyin an Caesar experts figurin an a whole bunch of other geezers stickin their oar in.
shove one’s trunk (v.)

to move.

[UK]G. Parker Life’s Painter 134: Crap me but I must shove my trunk, and hop the twig — I see as how there’s nothing to be got in this here place.
[UK]G.M.W. Reynolds Mysteries of London III 66/1: So he speeled to the crib, while his jomen shoved her trunk too.
shove the moon (v.) [such exits are usu. nocturnal]

to abscond from a house or flat, taking one’s furniture and possessions, but paying no bills.

[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: Shoving the moon, to steal your goods away without paying the rent.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Leics. Mercury 4 Nov. 2/4: Her landlord [...] Mr. W said that, finding she was about to ‘shove the moon,’ (in more polite language, about to depart without paying the rent,) he laid an embrago on her boxes.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
shove under (v.) [i.e. to push under the ground]

(Aus./N.Z.) to kill, usu. in passive, i.e. to be shoved under, to be killed.

[UK] cited in Partridge DSUE (1984).
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 188: shove under To kill; shove underground is simply to bury, whether or not you killed the body first. ANZ late C19.
tell someone where to shove it (v.) (also tell someone where they can shove it, tell someone where to stick it/something, tell someone where to put something)

(orig. US) to reject something vehemently; thus dismissive phr. you know where you can shove it.

[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Dead Don’t Dream’ in Hollywood Detective July [Internet] ‘I hired you for a job, and—’ ‘And I told you where you could shove it.’.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 81: There’s a kind of pleasure in telling somebody like Conn where to shove it.
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Lead With Your Left (1958) 12: ‘I could also write you up and—’ ‘Do that. And you know where you can shove it.’.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 21: If the gaffer got on to you now you could always tell him where to put the job. [Ibid.] 32: When it comes to the lousy vote they give me I often feel like telling ’em where to shove it.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 42: Naturally I told him where to stick his diagnosis.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 35: Appreciate the extra work you chaps did for us this evening. Could’ve told us where to stick it.

In exclamations