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push comes to shove

Definition of push comes to shove

informal

  1. —used to describe what happens when a situation becomes very serious or difficult and action needs to be taken <He backed down when push came to shove.> <He'll surrender if push comes to shove.>



Word by Word Definitions

pushplay
  1. :  to press against with force in order to drive or impel

    :  to move or endeavor to move away or ahead by steady pressure without striking

    :  to thrust forward, downward, or outward

  1. :  a vigorous effort to attain an end :  drive:

    :  a military assault or offensive

    :  an advance that overcomes obstacles

comeplay comes
  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

shoveplay
  1. :  to push along

    :  to push or put in a rough, careless, or hasty manner :  thrust

    :  to force by other than physical means :  compel

  1. :  an act or instance of shoving :  a forcible push


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