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.
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