a narrow sharply defined line of light radiating from an object <shafts of late-afternoon sunlight pierced the blinds and streaked the floor>
a weapon with a long straight handle and sharp head or blade <the footmen set their shafts so as to form a bank of steel against the enemy's charging cavalry>
unfair or inadequate treatment of someone or something or an instance of this <the homeowners who were bought out are convinced they got the shaft in that deal>
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