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cling like shit to a shovel

1. rude slang To adhere to something very securely. This glue clings like shit to a shovel—good luck getting it off your hands.
2. rude slang By extension, to rely on someone excessively or spend a lot of time with them. Why are you clinging like shit to a shovel? Don't you have something better to do?
See also: cling, like, shit, shovel, to

cling to (one) like shit to a shovel

rude slang To rely on someone excessively or spend a lot of time with them, often when doing so is unwelcome or annoying. Why are you clinging to me like shit to a shovel? Don't you have something better to do?
See also: cling, like, shit, shovel, to

put (one) to bed with a shovel

euphemism To kill one. The expression alludes to the burial of the person killed. Don't worry, boss, put that stool pigeon to bed with a shovel before he ever gets the chance to testify.
See also: bed, put, shovel, to

shovel in

1. To fill some substance in(to something or some place) with or as if with a shovel. In each usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "shovel" and "in." Six of us stood around the newly dug foundation and shoveled in pound after pound of concrete. I began shoveling dirt in the hole to cover up the exposed pipeline.
2. To fill a thing or area in (with some substance) using or as if using a shovel. We shoveled in the grave without saying a word, as the rain poured sullenly down on us from above. I placed the book in the hole at the base of the tree and shoveled it in with my hands.
3. To eat something very quickly and roughly. You're going to give yourself a stomachache, the way you're shoveling in that steak! She shoveled the food in her mouth as if she hadn't eaten in days.
See also: shovel

shovel out

1. To clear or remove something out (of something or some place) with or as if with a shovel. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shovel" and "out." He hurt his back shoveling snow out of the driveway. I got down on my knees and shoveled out the dirt with my hands.
2. To empty something or some area with or as if with a shovel. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shovel" and "out." Dad wants me to shovel out the stables before I can go out tonight. Everyone in the neighborhood is required to help shovel the sidewalks out in the winter.
See also: out, shovel

stick (to someone or something) like shit to a shovel

1. rude slang To cling, adhere, or hold fast (to someone or something). Be careful you don't get any of this stuff on you—it'll stick like shit to a shovel. That paint will stick to the floors like shit to a shovel if you let it dry.
2. rude slang By extension, to be excessively reliant on someone or something or inclined to follow someone or something around. Their eldest son has been sticking like shit to a shovel ever since he got laid off from work five years ago. My little brother always sticks to me like shit on a shovel whenever we're out together.
3. rude slang By extension, to become closely and inseparably associated with someone or something. A felony conviction like that will stick to you like shit to a shovel for the rest of your life. A scandal like this could end up sticking like shit to a shovel, so we need to quash it before it gets any bigger.
See also: like, shit, shovel, someone, stick, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

put someone to bed with a shovel

Sl. to bury someone; to kill and bury someone. Shut up! You want me to put you to bed with a shovel? The leader of the gang was getting sort of tired and old, so one of the younger thugs put him to bed with a shovel.
See also: bed, put, shovel, to

put to bed with a shovel

 
1. Sl. dead and buried. (Alludes to burying someone.) You wanna be put to bed with a shovel? fust keep talking that way. Poor old Jake. He was put to bed with a shovel last March.
2. Sl. intoxicated. He wasn't just tipsy. He was put to bed with a shovel! Dead drunk? Yes, he was put to bed with a shovel.
See also: bed, put, shovel, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

cling like shit to a shovel

and stick like shit to a shovel
1. in. to stick or adhere [to someone or something] tightly. (Usually objectionable.) That oily stuff sticks like shit to a shovel.
2. in. to be very dependent on someone; to follow someone around. (Often with an indirect object. Usually objectionable.) She’s so dependent. She clings to him like shit to a shovel. He hates her, but he sticks like shit to a shovel.
See also: cling, like, shit, shovel, to

stick like shit to a shovel

verb
See also: like, shit, shovel, stick, to

put someone to bed with a shovel

tv. to bury someone; to kill and bury someone. (see also put to bed with a shovel.) The leader of the gang was getting sort of tired and old, so one of the younger thugs put him to bed with a shovel.
See also: bed, put, shovel, someone, to

put to bed with a shovel

1. mod. dead and buried. (From put someone to bed with a shovel.) You wanna be put to bed with a shovel? Just keep talking that way.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. (From sense 1) He wasn’t just tipsy. He was put to bed with a shovel!
See also: bed, put, shovel, to
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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