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Definition of "when push comes to shove" []

  • When the pressure is on; when the situation is critical or urgent; when the time has come for action, even if it is difficult. (phrase)

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Use "when push comes to shove" in a sentence
  • "Because when push comes to shove and that cinnamon roll seems like a pretty good bedtime snack, there is nothing like a glossy eight-by-ten to get you motivated."