If Push Comes to Shove – Explanation and Examples of the English Idiom

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If push comes to shove, is an English idiom which we use when we are talking about difficult situations. We say we will do something “if push comes to shove“, when a situation comes so bad that you have no other choice.

Examples of “When Push Comes to Shove”

1. Darling, if push comes to shove, we can sell the car. It’s not ideal but it will give us enough money to pay the rent.

2. If push comes to shove, we can move into a smaller house.

3. If push comes to shove, I can help you move your furniture to your new house. I will ask my boss for a day off work!

4. John is lazy and doesn’t like to work, but when push comes to shove, he always does well in his exams.

5. I am trying very hard to have a career as a famous actor but if push comes to shove, I will work at the hotel again.

Notice, you say “when” push comes to shove, when you are talking about something which happens frequently.

We say “If” push comes to shove, when we are talking about a conditional situation.

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