if push comes to shove

if/when push comes to shove

if you say that something can be done if push comes to shove, you mean that it can be done if the situation becomes so bad that you have to do it Look, if push comes to shove we'll just have to sell the car.
See also: come, if, push, shove

if push comes to shove

verb
See also: come, if, push, shove
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If push comes to shove, ``intelligent design'' should be taught in our school classrooms.
If push comes to shove in the high school hallway, don't count on an apology and handshake to end the matter.
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