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Shift, vb. 1) to change; a) trans.: “what an unthrift in the world doth spend --s but his place,” Sonn. 9, 10. “thou runnest before me, --ing every place,” Mids. III, 2, 423. “I mean to s. my bush,” Shr. V, 2, 46. “like a --ed wind,” John IV, 2, 23. “not to have patience to s. me,” H4B V, 5, 23 (to put on fresh clothes). “unto Southampton do we s. our scene,” H5 II Chor. H5 II Chor. “my shame will not be --ed with my sheet,” H6B II, 4, 107. “he s. a trencher! he scrape a trencher!” Rom. I, 5, 2. “we'll s. our ground,” Hml. I, 5, 156. “should we s. estates,” Ant. V, 2, 152 (== exchange). “to s. a shirt,” Cymb. I, 2, 1. Cymb. I, 2, 1 “to s. his being is to exchange one misery with another,” I, 5, 54.
b) intr. == to change, to transform, to metamorphose one's self; to get or come to be by change: “not acquainted with --ing change,” Sonn. 20, 4. “thy complexion --s to strange effects, after the moon,” Meas. III, 1, 24. “the sixt age --s into the lean and slippered pantaloon,” As II, 7, 157. “taught me to s. into a madman's rags,” Lr. V, 3, 186. Hence absol., == to pass by, to fade away: “no object but her passion's strength renews, and as one --s, another straight ensues,” Lucr. 1104.
2) to contrive, to devise, to practise; absol.: “injurious, --ing time,” Lucr. 930 (cf. Lucr. 930). “every man s. for all the rest,” Tp. V, 256. “I must cony-catch, I must s.” Wiv. I, 3, 37. “s. and save yourself,” Err. V, 168. With the notion of change: “thou hast --ed out of thy tale into telling me of the fashion,” Ado III, 3, 151 (== contrived to get). “let us not be dainty of leave-taking, but s. away,” Mcb. II, 3, 151 (contrive to get away). cf. Lr. V, 3, 186. With an accus. denoting the effect: “I --ed him away,” Oth. IV, 1, 79 (contrived to get him away). -- In All's II, 1, 147 O. Edd. --s unintelligibly, M. Edd. fits.
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