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    AmE for shove up

    Hi all,
    I'm looking for an American word for 'shove up' meaning moving the body to make space for someone else.
    Do we have one?

    Thanks

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    Re: AmE for shove up


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    I don't know where you're going with "shove up". Most phrases in AmE involving those words are...impolite, to say the least. However, I can tell you we simply say,"Make room." when we need to squeeze someone else into an elevator or some such.

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    Re: AmE for shove up

    I saw "shove up" in Cambridge Dictionary as an informal British word.

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    Re: AmE for shove up

    Could I scootch in here? Would you mind scoothing over a bit?

    It may be spelled with a K
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: AmE for shove up

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    "scoot over" (or move over) and "scoot back" (or move back) are pretty common as well.

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    Re: AmE for shove up

    Quote Originally Posted by shabani View Post
    I saw "shove up" in the Cambridge Dictionary as an informal British word.
    "Shove up" is two words, therefore it would be an informal British phrase, not word.
    I would say it is more than informal - it's downright rude. If someone (other than a very good friend or a relative) simply said "Shove up" to me, when they wanted me to make room for them, I would not be happy. I would expect someone to say "Can you move over please?"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: AmE for shove up

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Shove up" is two words, therefore it would be an informal British phrase, not word.
    I would say it is more than informal - it's downright rude. If someone (other than a very good friend or a relative) simply said "Shove up" to me, when they wanted me to make room for them, I would not be happy. I would expect someone to say "Can you move over please?" Yes, this is a common request of that type in AmE.
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