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 Meanings and Examples of SHIFT
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 n.  moving from one setting or context to another; moving very slightly
Classic Sentence: (90 in 7 pages)
1  My poor mother needs me no more, for she is gone; and the boys do not need me either; they have got situations and can shift for themselves.
A Doll's House By Henrik Ibsen
Context  Highlight   In ACT I
2  And now I do not see how I can find any further shift for getting out of this marriage.
The Odyssey By Homer
Context  Highlight   In BOOK XIX
3  Six of the crew, of whom I was one, having let down the boat into the sea, made a shift to get clear of the ship and the rock.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Context  Highlight   In PART 1: CHAPTER I.
4  However, I made a shift to go forward, till I came to a part of the field where the corn had been laid by the rain and wind.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Context  Highlight   In PART 2: CHAPTER I.
5  I made a shift to keep the key in a pocket of my own, fearing Glumdalclitch might lose it.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift
Context  Highlight   In PART 2: CHAPTER III.
6  I set up my sail, the wind being fair, with a design to reach the nearest of those islands, which I made a shift to do, in about three hours.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Context  Highlight   In PART 3: CHAPTER I.
7  These I heated before the fire, as well as I could, and rubbed them till the husks came off, which I made a shift to winnow from the grain.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift
Context  Highlight   In PART 4: CHAPTER II.
8  Ethan felt that if he had pleaded an urgent need Hale might have made shift to pay him; but pride, and an instinctive prudence, kept him from resorting to this argument.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Context  Highlight   In IV
9  Her sore foot, forgotten in the excitement, now gave a tremendous throb that made her grit her teeth and shift her weight to the heel.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XXVI
10  They had to make some shift to furnish it, and every instant of their leisure was given to discussing this.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 5
11  This wasn't a world in which a man had any business with a family; sooner or later Jurgis would find that out also, and give up the fight and shift for himself.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 17
12  The ten or fifteen thousand "green" Negroes, foreigners, and criminals were now being turned loose to shift for themselves.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 27
13  I whipped up my horse and kept within sight of them, feeling very ill at ease, for I feared that they were going to shift their quarters.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
14  Each tried to shift an inch or two beyond the inquisitive insulting eye.
Between the Acts By Virginia Woolf
Context  Highlight   In Unit 11
15  These men stirred not, excepting now and then, under the direction of one who seemed their chief, to shift and replace the ready fuel.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER XLIII
Example Sentence: (57 in 4 pages)
16  The ship was listing badly to one side; it was necessary to shift the ballast in the hold to get her back on an even keel.
17  They had better not succeed in compelling anyone to work the proposed shift to midnight.
18  A rightward shift of curves was observed before maximal contraction size was suppressed.
19  They shift in snappy fashion in automatic mode, and they also have manual modes as backup.
20  Fearing the wind might shift suddenly and capsize the skiff, Tom kept one hand on the tiller at all times.
21  Couldn't the sellers afford a photographer with a decent shift lens to remove the vertical distortion from the image of their building?
22  The poll indicates that the rise in skepticism is mostly due to a shift among Republicans and independents.
23  They have also had to contend with a split shift that requires them to drive routes in the morning and evening with no pay in between.
24  We were a little taken aback, at just the sheer quantity of the shift in behaviour in regards to digital and online.
25  In 2014, millions of people are expected to shift between the health exchanges and Medicaid as their income fluctuates.
26  As a multi-skilled employee, her shifts involve chemical analysis, production monitoring and work as a colourist.
27  I didn't realize that I'd have to work shifts.
28  Then the scene shifts to the kitchen.
29  In two cases where father and son were both working shifts they had arranged alternate shifts thus allowing uninterrupted farm work.
30  These climate shifts occurred over less than a decade.