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shift

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1 an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result
  • desperate shifts to stave off financial disaster
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2 the act or an instance of changing position
  • We made a small shift to the left to make more room on the bench.
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resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon.
    • exhausted all of their resources
    • a last resort
expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible.
    • a flimsy expedient
shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient.
    • desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure
makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference.
    • old equipment employed as a makeshift
stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure.
    • a new law intended only as a stopgap

shift

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1 to change the place or position of
  • He shifted the vase closer to the wall so that it wouldn't get knocked over.
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2 to change one's position
  • She shifted uncomfortably in her seat throughout the interview.
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3 to pass from one form, state, or level to another
  • She watched the aurora in fascination as its colors shifted from green to blue.
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4 to give up (something) and take something else in return
  • My brother and I shifted seats just before takeoff so that he could sit by the window.
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5 to meet one's day-to-day needs
  • I left the others to shift for themselves.
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fend for oneself, make do, make ends meet, make shift

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