if push comes to shove


if push comes to shove

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To push (someone) around is from 1923. To push (one’s) luck is from 1754. To push the envelope in figurative sense is late 1980s. To push up daisies “be dead and buried” is from World War I.

n.

1560s, from push (v.). Phrase push comes to shove is from 1936.

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