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tell someone where to shove it

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Euphemistic allusion to the expression shove it up your ass.

VerbEdit

tell someone where to shove it (third-person singular simple present tells someone where to shove it, present participle telling someone where to shove it, simple past and past participle told someone where to shove it)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see tell,‎ someone,‎ where,‎ shove,‎ it.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic, vulgar) To express extreme anger, disgust, or hatred toward someone.
    • 2012, Lou Wakefield, Hot to Trot, →ISBN:
      They're either telling you where to shove it, if you're winning, or telling you where they'd like to shove it given half the chance.
    • 2014, David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, →ISBN, page 4:
      But for two pins I'd hand in blank papers and tell school where to shove Pythagoras triangles and Lord of the Flies and their life cycles of worms.