When push come to shove
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British pronunciation/wɛn ɪf pˈʊʃ kˈʌmz tə ʃˈʌv/
American pronunciation/wɛn ɪf pˈʊʃ kˈʌmz tə ʃˈʌv/
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used when a situation reaches a critical point and one must take action in order to deal with it

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when push [come] to shove definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "when push comes to shove" and when to use it?

The phrase "when push comes to shove" is an idiom used to describe a situation when things become difficult or critical, often requiring decisive action or revealing one's true intentions. The origin of this phrase is not precisely documented, but it likely draws from the idea that when external pressure is applied (a push), individuals may be compelled to act or make a decision (shove).

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They had their differences, but when push came to shove, they worked together as a team.
We were supposed to look after each other, but when push came to shove, it was every man for himself.
They were known for always having each other's backs but when push came to shove, they acted as if they didn't even know each other.
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