when push comes to shove

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - when push comes to shove

"when push comes to shove"

when a situation becomes serious


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - when push comes to shove

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: That supplier's negotiation team were sure tough negotiators yesterday.

Colleague 2: And having us leave the negotiation by giving an ultimatum was a risky move on our part.

Colleague 1: How do you think they will react to our ultimatum?

Colleague 2: I think that when push comes to shove that they value our business far too much to let it go. I think they will give in to our demands.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - when push comes to shove

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: How are you and your wife doing in marriage counseling?

Friend 2: The counseling has been really good for us although I believe that the outcome will be divorce.

Friend 1: Really?

Friend 2: It seems like when push comes to shove that, in the end, we are just not compatible and never will be.

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when push comes to shove - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for when push comes to shove.

when push comes to shove - Examples:

1)  When push comes to shove, it's amazing what can be presented on a single interactive screen!

2)  ... though they care for me in their own way, when push comes to shove, they would rather control me than have me be happy.

3)  When push comes to shove, and it will, rationality will ultimately prevail.

4)  Yes they have their slight differences but when push comes to shove and the history books are written Romney and Obama are basically the same. 

5)  When push comes to shove, they continually prove that they are entirely incapable of true democratic thought. 

6)  The open web pledge doesn't matter when push comes to shove and market share is on the line. 

7)  ... you and your friends do care about keeping your own job when push comes to shove.

8)  It may have an appearance of benevolence, but when push comes to shove, it is not benevolent. That my friend is the fallacy.

9)  ... together where you took the risk while she had none because when push comes to shove they will burn you every time.

10)  Palestine, can do little more than Israel's bidding - when push comes to shove.

11)  ... to keep gold at international gold trading centres so that, when push comes to shove, we can have it available as a reserve asset as soon as possible.

12)  ... are important to you then stay in the closet, but when push comes to shove, don't fool yourself, your true friends may be scarce.

13)  ... and we count them as allies, but when push comes to shove, suddenly they're not on our side. 

14)  What's the last thing you'd give up when push comes to shove?

15)  I can not help but think that when push comes to shove the unions will get theirs first. They have become masters at thuggish scare tactics.

16)  When push comes to shove, I'll go for human freedom over freedom of an institution.

17)  But when push comes to shove, they prance around the issues they need to hit the hardest.

18)  No one's happy about foreign deaths, either, but when push comes to shove, when America is threatened, they will tolerate them. 

19)  ... accomplished women who know what they want to achieve, but when push comes to shove, they won't power up and stand up for what they want.

20)  Know exactly how your policy treats a total loss. When push comes to shove, the language in the policy is what matters.