Idiom of the Week – Week 28

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“when push comes to shove”: when something becomes urgent or critical; wenn es hart auf hart kommt

Example 1:  The team always gets a slow start, but when push comes to shove they manage to meet the deadline.

Example 2:  When push comes to shove our department manager always supports us.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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