1. to have sexual intercourse (with); thus shoving, shoving-match n., sexual intercourse.
|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.|
|King Edward & Jane Shore 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.|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk IV 234: When lusty John does to me come, He never shoves but with his bum.(trans.)|
|Miscellaneous Works IV 69: Their Jilting and Loving With Heaving and Shoving, Maintains the whole Family round.‘Lampoon Upon Two Sisters’|
|Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 263: In shoving-matches you may shine, / But don’t in bruising-matches join.|
|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.‘Courtships’|
|‘We Have Moved & Shoved Together’ Cuckold’s Nest 39: We have moved and shoved together, / These four and twenty years.|
|‘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.|
|Register (Adelaide) 25 Nov. 6/7: ‘Come on, off yer perch!’ ‘It’s my sister,’ ‘Oh, yer sister! Shove ’er in!’.|
|‘Joe Williams’ 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.|
|in Limerick (1953) 9: As it went in I made not a sound, / The more that he shoved it / The more that I loved it.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 38: He shoved it in until she died, / And then he tried the other side.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Snatches and Lays 13: There are numerous parsons, quite willing to call, / And shove for the man who has no balls at all!‘No Balls at All’ in|
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|Vocabulum 79: shoving Passing bad money.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service 97: He shoved over $10,000 in bogus bank bills.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
|Men of the Und. 325: Shove, To pass counterfeit money or worthless checks.|
(b) (US) to sell stolen goods.
|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.
|Opium Addiction in Chicago 203: Shover. A drug pedlar; as in ‘So-and-so is shoving’.|
|Lang. Und. (1981).‘Argot of the Und. Narcotic Addict’ Pt 2 in|
|Narcotics Lingo and Lore.|
4. to put, to place.
|Wilds of London (1881) 94: She shoved me right bang into a dish of fried Dutch plaice.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 150: The caddy wondered why it was that his father, a really Great Man, had to shove Lumber all day.|
|Such is Life 143: I shoved the kettle on when I seen you comin’.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 69: Jeeves is so dashed competent. You can spot it even in the way he shoves studs into a shirt.|
|Gangster Girl 196: They had shoved her face to face with old Pete.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 54: In either case I can shove it in the loo.East in|
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 12: Here’s a fiver / shove it in your pocket.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 11: Bud shoved over and in.|
|Powder 151: He’d had her, skirt shoved up over her backside.|
5. (US Und., also shove across) to kill.
|Let Tomorrow Come 39: I shoved a guy across, that’s all.|
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 169: Shove Across. – To kill.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 208: shove across To kill.|
|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.
|These Are My People (1957) 146: If they [i.e. employers] come that game with me I tell them to shove the job.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 172: Shove the kids [...] What does this look like, a relief office?|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 103: ‘Company commanders is supposed to lead, right? The Book says – ’ ‘Aw, shove the Book!’.|
|Gun in My Hand 147: Dirty big roast at the weekend. You can shove the bully beef.|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 57: You can jus shove your fuckin job.|
|Close Quarters (1987) 154: We [...] told him to shove his fucking drill.|
|Go-Boy! 123: Mom would yell at [...] the boys to shove their stupid arguments.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 419: Tell ’em to take their linenfold panels and shove ’em.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 223: He could tell his three bosses [...] they could shove their ad, mango flavoured wine and all.|
|Spidertown (1994) 11: Miguel wanted to tell him to shove his goddam wienie roast.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 198: That’s it. Shove your threats. I refuse to hurt Bobby.|
7. see shove along
8. see shove off
one who copulate; a whore.
|‘Snuff Out the Moon’ in Cove in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) IV 220: Darkey comes on [...] for each wim wam shover.|
|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.(trans.)|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 149: Goujon, m. The penis; ‘the shove-straight’.|
a phr. used to dismiss an impertinent speaker.
|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 ****.|
see sense 5 above.
see under queer n. (2)
SE in slang uses
1. to move (quietly).
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 336: She stopped to get that game-bag before she shoved along again!|
2. (also shove) to leave.
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 208: Shove along, now.|
|Ulysses 80: Better be shoving along. Brother Buzz. Come around with the plate perhaps. Pay your Easter duty.|
|(con. 1900s–10s) 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 146: I guess I’ll shove along back to New York.|
|letter 24 Apr. in Harris (1993) 82: Nothing is working out here and I am ready to shove.|
|Riot (1967) 133: ‘Let’s shove,’ Fletcher said.|
|Campus Sl. Nov. 6: shove – leave.|
3. to go along with, to support.
|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.|
|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.
|Odd – But Even So 278: ‘How are you?’ ‘Pretty fit, thank you, And you, Sir?’ ‘Oh, shoving along.’.|
(W.I.) a Model T Ford.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
to move towards, to go to.
|(con. c.1840) 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.|
|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.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Juno and the Paycock Act III: Well, ever since I shoved in the blankets I’ve been perishing with th’ cowld.|
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?|
|in Sweet Daddy 22: Your buddy-boy, Doc, could take it and shove it way up before I’d give half a cent for tail.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 102: He was glad he had shoved it up the boss’s ass and broke it off.|
|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’.|
|Song of the Silent Snow (1988) 75: Ya gotta keepem in their place or theyll shove it in and break it off.|
1. to leave, to go away; usu. as imper; thus shoveoff time n, time to go.
|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.|
|DA].Adventures of Snodgrass (1928) 31: I shoved out for the Massasawit House [|
|Queensland Times 16 Feb. 5/5: O’Gorman then said to Russell ‘Shove off at once,’ and the prisoner immediately lelt.|
|Innocents at Home 479: I then took what small change he had and ‘shoved’.|
|’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’.|
|How to Tell a Story 10: So he git up, he did, en tuck his lantern en shoved out thoo de storm.|
|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.’.|
|Psmith in the City (1993) 101: And now [...] as the hour is getting late, perhaps we had better be shoving off for home.|
|Big Town 135: We was out on the porch when her ladyship and two dogs shoved off.|
|(con. 1918) Red Pants 87: It’s time to shove off now.|
|(con. 1900s–10s) 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.|
|Fight Stories Jan. [Internet] Let’s cop the sparkler for ourselves and shove out!‘Alleys of Peril’|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 218: Yeah, fellow, shove on while you’re all together!Young Manhood in|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 160: And now, Bertie, like a good chap, shove off.|
|Mules and Men (1995) 150: I felt no regrets at shoving off.|
|Mad in Pursuit 10: Come on, Wilks, we’ve got to shove off.|
|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!|
|Battle Cry (1964) 52: Come on, professor, let’s shove.|
|Corner Boy 140: Here’s your keys [...] I’m shoving off now.|
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 14: This [i.e. a pistol] is what I came for. We can shove now.|
|Proud Highway (1997) 350: I’m going to whip this one off in hopes of catching you before shoveoff time.letter 28 Aug.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 77: He told her to take her gear and shove off.|
|Burn 135: ‘Ready to shove off?’ he says cheerfully.|
|Beano 27 June 19: You don’t scare me, Bears! Shove off!|
|Life Its Ownself (1985) 39: Shoat [...] said he guessed he’d better shove off.|
|Share House Blues 90: ‘Let’s get these presents into the car, then shove off’.|
|Blood Posse 59: Here’s a dollar, Pops, now shove off.|
2. UK Und. to give a sentence of transportation.
|York Herald 3 May 4/3: You b—y convicted thief, you tried to get me shoved of to Bottomy.|
to interfere where one is not wanted.
|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.’.|
|London Eve. Standard 23 Nov. 1/5: The Ex is at hand, and ready, as ‘a public character,’ to shove in his oar.|
|‘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.|
|N.Y. Times 24 Feb. 2/5: He does go on, and he ‘sticks his oar in,’ as usual.|
|Johnny Ludlow III 41: If you shove in your oar, Johnny Ludlow, or presume to interfere with me, I’ll pummel you to powder.|
|Guthrie Dly Leader (OK) 1 Aug. 4/3: ‘Babe’ McNeal attempted to stick his oar into the procedings.|
|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.|
|Man Who Found Himself (1952) 105: Not a bad chap; respectful, listens to what you say, didn’t shove his oar in every second.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 126: He starts shoving his oar in and cavilling and obstructing.|
|There Ain’t No Justice 180: Who arst you to come sticking your oar in?|
|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.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 43: I could have relied on Bobbie to shove her oar in.|
|There is a Happy Land (1964) 69: Mrs Fawcett was always shoving her oar in every time we’d been doing anything.|
|A Pocketful of Years 44: I’se mighty sick of you shoving blade in all the time [...] instead of minding your own damn business.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Hooky Gear 151: They got army engineers donkeyin an Caesar experts figurin an a whole bunch of other geezers stickin their oar in.|
|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.|
|Mysteries of London III 66/1: So he speeled to the crib, while his jomen shoved her trunk too.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 1063/1: C.20.|
see push shorts under short n.
see under brass n.1
see under tumbler n.2
to abscond from a house or flat, taking one’s furniture and possessions, but paying no bills.
|Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: Shoving the moon, to steal your goods away without paying the rent.|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|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.|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
see shove the tumbler under tumbler n.2
(Aus./N.Z.) to kill, usu. in passive, i.e. to be shoved under, to be killed.
|cited in DSUE (1984).|
|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.|
see shove in
see push up (the) daisies v.
(orig. US) to reject something vehemently; thus dismissive phr. you know where you can shove it.
|Hollywood Detective July [Internet] ‘I hired you for a job, and—’ ‘And I told you where you could shove it.’.‘Dead Don’t Dream’ in|
|(con. 1944) Naked and Dead 81: There’s a kind of pleasure in telling somebody like Conn where to shove it.|
|Lead With Your Left (1958) 12: ‘I could also write you up and—’ ‘Do that. And you know where you can shove it.’.|
|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.|
|Traveller’s Tool 42: Naturally I told him where to stick his diagnosis.|
|Powder 35: Appreciate the extra work you chaps did for us this evening. Could’ve told us where to stick it.|
a synon. for go fuck yourself! under fuck v.
|Harder They Fall (1971) 208: Aah, go shove yourself, spithead.|