a person or thing that shifts.
Informal. shift lever.
- Shift for oneself
Also, fend for oneself. Provide for one’s own needs, as in Don’t worry about Anne; she’s very good at shifting for herself, or The children had to fend for themselves after school. The first term, using shift in the now obsolete sense of “manage,” was first recorded about 1513; the variant, using fend for in […]
- Shift in
character (SI, Control-O, ASCII 15) The character used on some ancient teletypes to start using an alternative character set. (1996-06-24)
- Shifting cultivation
noun 1. a land-use system, esp in tropical Africa, in which a tract of land is cultivated until its fertility diminishes, when it is abandoned until this is restored naturally
- Shifting spanner
noun 1. (Austral & NZ) an adjustable spanner Also called shifter