shuffle off

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v. shuf·fled, shuf·fling, shuf·fles
1. To move with short sliding steps, without or barely lifting the feet: The crowd shuffled out of the theater.
2. To dance casually with sliding and tapping steps.
3. To shift from position to position or move from place to place: shuffled around looking for work.
4. To present, play, or display (music or video files) in random order.
5. Games To mix playing cards, tiles, or dominoes together so as to make their order random.
6. Archaic To act in a shifty or deceitful manner; equivocate.
1. To slide (the feet) along the floor or ground while walking.
2. To move (things, for example) from one place or position to another; transfer or shift: shuffle around the cushions on the couch.
3. To put quickly or furtively; shunt: shuffled the bill under a pile of junk mail.
4. To present, play, or display music or video files in random order.
5. Games To mix together (playing cards or tiles, for example) so as to make a random order of arrangement.
1. A short sliding step or movement, or a walk characterized by such steps.
2. A dance in which the feet slide along or move close to the floor.
3. A confused mixture or state of things; a jumble: The letter got lost in the shuffle.
4. A feature on a music or video player that plays music or other files in a random order.
5. Games
a. An act of shuffling cards, dominoes, or tiles.
b. A player's right or turn to do this.
6. Archaic An evasive or deceitful action; an equivocation.
Phrasal Verb:
shuffle off
1. To get rid of; dispose of.
2. To evade or shirk (a responsibility, for example).
3. Informal To leave; depart.

[Middle English shovelen, probably of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin.]

shuf′fler n.

shuffle off

(tr, adverb) to thrust off or put aside: shuffle off responsibility.

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vt sep skin, dressabstreifen; (fig) worries, fearablegen; responsibilityabwälzen, abschieben (→ onto auf +acc); to shuffle off this mortal coil (euph)die sterbliche Hülle ablegen or abstreifen
References in classic literature ?
When I can shuffle off the responsibility on you it will be a real relief.
Cannot Caesar in irons shuffle off the irons and transfer them to the person of Hippo or Thraso the turnkey?
When I shuffle off this mortal coil, I'd have tried everything by then.
There might be home-made Scotch pancakes for tea before they shuffle off home and my wife and I collapse with a glass in front of Poldark or Victoria.
After Dean stormed in and confronted her over their baby, her friends and family were left to shuffle off back home, gossiping about the shocking revelation.
BRUCE FORSYTH So Brucie finally takes the soft shoe shuffle off the Strictly set.
Twenty-one chapters investigate the mechanisms by which biological cells shuffle off this mortal plane, or do not.
I would watch from the shadows, mumble some compliments and shuffle off.
If you're drawing Social Security, pay attention to what I have to say: Get rid of the stuff you can't take with you when you shuffle off this mortal coil, pass into the sunset, pass on.
Ken should put on his brown suede shoes and shuffle off.
With her hopes crushed she has to shuffle off back to her home and move in with her oddball family.
If you like the thought of leaving something behind when you finally shuffle off this mortal coil, then posterity.