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A slight change in position, direction, or tendency
“It used to be more but there are some issues to face, such as an aggressive local competitor and also a shift in direction in the industry.”
An ingenious or devious device or stratagem
“Others were less well placed, and had to devise various shifts and stratagems to maintain their social and political position.”
Each of two or more recurring periods in which different groups of workers do the same jobs in relay
“A dozen officers were tied up with filling out reports for two and a half hours before they rounded off their shift with a patrol in the police van.”
The group of people who work during a particular shift
“Around 50 people were transported in the first few hours by the team, who were replaced at teatime by a second shift who remained at the village until midnight.”
Time served doing work
“A shift in public opinion.”
Move or cause to move from one place to another, especially over a small distance
“Lawton had already shifted some chairs to form a barricade.”
Change the position of one's body, especially because one is nervous or uncomfortable
“Have a sitting patient shift his or her weight every 15 minutes, or reposition the patient in the chair every hour.”
Change in emphasis, direction, or focus
“In upcoming issues, the focus will shift to wind and solar power, and then to ethanol.”
To meet one's day-to-day needs
“… left the others to shift for themselves.”
“The cargo has shifted.”
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