when push comes to shove


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if push comes to shove

If the situation deteriorates or becomes desperate; if drastic measures are needed. If push comes to shove, I have some extra savings I could tap into. We'll at least have some leverage in the negotiations if push comes to shove.
See also: come, if, push, shove

when push comes to shove

When the situation deteriorates or becomes desperate; when drastic measures are needed. When push comes to shove, I have some extra savings I could tap into. We'll at least have some leverage in the negotiations when push comes to shove.
See also: come, push, shove

when push comes to shove

 and if push comes to shove
Fig. when things get a little pressed; when the situation gets more active or intense. When push comes to shove, you know I'll be on your side. If push comes to shove at the meeting, the front office can back you up with some statistics.
See also: come, push, shove

when push comes to shove

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if push comes to shove

COMMON If you talk about what someone will do when push comes to shove or if push comes to shove, you are talking about what they will do when it becomes necessary to do something difficult. They knew they could sit back, and when push came to shove I'd do all the work. They wouldn't support you, sir. If push came to shove, they wouldn't be behind you. Compare with when it comes to the crunch.
See also: come, push, shove

when (or if) push comes to shove

when action must be taken; if the worst comes to the worst. informal
2001 Financial Director When push comes to shove, investors are not always impressed with promises of jam tomorrow.
See also: come, push, shove

if/when ˌpush comes to ˈshove

(informal) if/when there is no other choice; if/when everything else has failed: I don’t want to sell the house, but if push comes to shove, I might have to.
Shove means to push somebody in a rough way.
See also: come, if, push, shove

if push comes to shove

verb
See also: come, if, push, shove

when push comes to shove

and if push comes to shove
phr. when things get a little pressed; when the situation gets more active or intense. If push comes to shove, the front office can help with some statistics.
See also: come, push, shove
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