shift VERB 1) move or change from one position to another. 2) Brit. informal move quickly. 3) (shift oneself) Brit. informal move or rouse oneself. 4) Brit. remove (a stain). 5) informal sell (goods) quickly or in large quantities. 6) chiefly N. Amer. change gear.
NOUN 1) a slight change in position, direction, or tendency. 2) a key used to switch between two sets of characters or functions on a keyboard. 3) each of two or more periods in which different groups of workers do the same jobs in relay. 4) N. Amer. a gear lever or gear-changing mechanism. 5) a straight unwaisted dress. 6) historical a long, loose undergarment. 7) archaic an ingenious or devious device or stratagem.
make shift — Cf. ↑make shift
shift for oneself — Cf. ↑shift for oneself
shift one's ground — Cf. ↑shift one's ground
DERIVATIVES shifter noun.
ORIGIN Old English, «arrange, divide, apportion».

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