(one) has to shove off

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(one) has to shove off

One has to leave or depart. "Shove off" is a nautical term, referring to the act of pushing against a dock in order to move one's boat away from the shore. We both need to be up early tomorrow, so we'll have to shove off soon. You have to shove off, or you'll miss your train! I have to shove off if I want to make it to Pittsburgh by nightfall.
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