Definition for SHIFT


  1. A change; a turning from one thing to another; hence, an expedient tried in difficulty; one thing tried whey another fails. I'll find a thousand shifts to get away. Shak.
  2. In a bad sense, mean refuge; last resource. For little souls on little shifts rely. Dryden.
  3. Fraud; artifice; expedient to effect a bad purpose; or, an evasion; a trick to escape detection or evil. Hooker. South.
  4. A woman's under garment; a chemise.

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