tell someone where to shove it
Euphemistic allusion to the expression shove it up your ass.
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)
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see tell, someone, where, shove, it.
- (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.