shifting sands

plural noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of shifting sands

used to refer to changes that happen as time passes
  • the shifting sands of war

Word by Word Definitions

shift play shifting
  1. : to exchange for or replace by another : change

  2. : to change the place, position, or direction of : move

  3. : to make a change in (place)

  1. : a means or device for effecting an end

  2. : a deceitful or underhand scheme : dodge

  3. : an effort or expedient exerted or tried in difficult circumstances : extremity

sand play sands
  1. : a loose granular material that results from the disintegration of rocks, consists of particles smaller than gravel but coarser than silt, and is used in mortar, glass, abrasives, and foundry molds

  2. : soil containing 85 percent or more of sand and a maximum of 10 percent of clay

  3. : a tract of sand : beach

  1. : to sprinkle or dust with or as if with sand

  2. : to cover or fill with sand

  3. : to smooth or dress by grinding or rubbing with an abrasive (such as sandpaper)


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