give (one) the shove

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give (one) the shove

Primarily heard in UK, Australia.
1. To eject or expel one from an organization or place of employment. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that my boss is going to give me the shove. After all her scandals, I can't believe the political party hasn't given her the shove yet!
2. To end a relationship with a romantic partner; to break up with one. No, Susan is single again—she gave Kelly the shove.
3. To provide one with the necessary motivation, encouragement, or incentive (to do something). I'm hoping this positive feedback will give Jim the shove he needs to finally finish writing his novel. The thought of having her own office gave Sarah the shove to apply for the promotion.
See also: give, shove
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He said: "How many holes does McCoist need to dig before the high heid yins at Ibrox give him the shove upstairs?
My instinct is to give him the shove, but I do quite like him.
"There is no doubt that he is a good operator and the brewery loved him, but they had to give him the shove when they heard what he'd done.