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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHIFT

The ships did not get clear without some trouble, and we thought it wisest to shift our berth.

These were denied us, and we were told to shift for ourselves.

On my return to Philadelphia, I resolved to shift my ground, and try a new tack.

I sung out, "there's breakers, and everybody must shift for himself."

Next door to where I board there's a dog that goes on shift as regular as a policeman.

He moved his arm, trying to shift it from his Padrona's hand.

But the man did not move more than to shift a club to his right hand.

But maybe they'd be mighty glad to shift if there was a chance right at hand.

And, if you want to shift responsibility, shift it on to me.

Their intimacy had been very rapid, but he too hoped that it would not shift.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sciftan, scyftan "arrange, place, order," also "divide, partition; distribute, allot, share," from Proto-Germanic *skiftan (cf. Old Norse skipta "to divide, change, separate," Old Frisian skifta "to decide, determine, test," Dutch schiften "to divide, turn," German schichten "to classify," Schicht "shift"). This is said to be related to the source of Old English sceadan "divide, separate," (see shed (v.)).

c.1200 as "to dispose; make ready; set in order, control," also intransitive, "take care of oneself." From c.1300 as "to go, move, depart; move (someone or something), transport." Sense of "to alter, to change" appeared mid-13c. (cf. shiftless). Meaning "change the gear setting of an engine" is from 1910; to shift gears in the figurative sense is from 1961. Related: Shifted; shifting.

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