Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shove v.

1. [mid-17C+] to have sexual intercourse (with); thus shoving, shoving-match n., sexual intercourse.

2. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) to deceive, to cheat; to take advantage of.

3. in Und. use.

(a) [mid-19C+] (US) to pass counterfeit money.

(b) [1920s] (US) to sell stolen goods.

(c) [1930s–50s] (US drugs) to sell narcotics.

4. [mid-19C+] to put, to place.

5. [1920s–60s] (US Und., also shove across) to kill.

6. [1940s+] a negative intensifier, synon. with fuck v. (3), to stop, to forget; usu. in phr. you can shove… or shove it! excl.

7. see shove along

8. see shove off

In derivatives

shover (n.)

[mid-19C] one who copulate; a whore.

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’]

[mid-17C] the penis.

shove-straight (n.)

[18C] the penis.

In phrases

go shove your mother’s sister’s devil

[late 18C] a phr. used to dismiss an impertinent speaker.

shove across (v.)

see sense 5 above.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

shove along (v.)

1. [late 19C–1920s] to move (quietly).

2. [mid-19C+] (also shove) to leave.

3. [1900s–10s] to go along with, to support.

4. [1940s] to survive.

shove-and-let-go (n.) [on this car low gear was engaged by pressing a foot-pedal]

[1920s–40s] (W.I.) a Model T Ford.

shove for (v.)

[late 19C] to move towards, to go to.

shove in (v.) (also shove up) [one ‘shoves’ the pawned item across the pawnbroker’s counter]

[mid-late 19C] to pawn.

shove it in and break it off (v.) (also shove it up someone’s ass and break it off, shove it way up)

[1910s+] to defeat an opponent, to cause a good deal of trouble.

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. [late 18C+] to leave, to go away; usu. as imper; thus shoveoff time n, time to go.

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

shove one’s oar in (v.) (also shove in one’s oar, shove one’s blade in, stick one’s oar in)

[19C+] to interfere where one is not wanted.

shove one’s trunk (v.)

[late 18C-mid-19C] to move.

shove the moon (v.) [such exits are usu. nocturnal]

[early–mid-19C] to abscond from a house or flat, taking one’s furniture and possessions, but paying no bills.

shove under (v.) [i.e. to push under the ground]

[20C+] (Aus./N.Z.) to kill, usu. in passive, i.e. to be shoved under, to be killed.

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)

[20C+] (orig. US) to reject something vehemently; thus dismissive phr. you know where you can shove it.

In exclamations