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shift sb. (1 occurs once; 2 is freq.)
1. change Tim. I. i. 85 “Fortune in her and change of mood.”
2. contrivance, stratagem, (in a bad sense) trick Err. III. ii. 189, John IV. iii. 7 “I'll find a thousand s-s to get away,” Tit. IV. i. 72, IV. ii. 178, Ant. III. ix. [xi.] 63 “s-s of lowness,” Lucr. 920; “make (a) ,” contrive Mer.V. I. ii. 96, 2H4 II. i. 173 “I'll make other ” (=manage some other way), Mac. II. iii. 47; “for (a) ,” (i) to serve a purpose Shr. Ind. i. 126, 3H6 III. ii. 108; (ii) as a makeshift Ado II. iii. 86.
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