shiftily


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shift·y

 (shĭf′tē)
adj. shift·i·er, shift·i·est
1. Having, displaying, or suggestive of deceitful character; evasive or untrustworthy.
2. Distinguished by frequent changes in direction: shifty winds.
3. Able to accomplish what is needed; resourceful.

shift′i·ly adv.
shift′i·ness n.
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Adv.1.shiftily - in a shifty manner; "he looked at his new customer shiftily"
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Translations
بِمَكْرٍ، بِتَقَلُّب
záludně
lymskulega
hilekârca

shiftily

[ˈʃɪftɪlɪ] ADVfurtivamente, sospechosamente
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shiftily

advzwielichtig, nicht ganz sauber (inf); glanceverstohlen; replyausweichend; behaveverdächtig
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

shiftily

[ˈʃɪftɪlɪ] adv (behave) → in modo equivoco, in modo losco; (answer) → evasivamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

shift

(ʃift) verb
1. to change (the) position or direction (of). We spent the whole evening shifting furniture around; The wind shifted to the west overnight.
2. to transfer. She shifted the blame on to me.
3. to get rid of. This detergent shifts stains.
noun
1. a change (of position etc). a shift of emphasis.
2. a group of people who begin work on a job when another group stop work. The night shift does the heavy work.
3. the period during which such a group works. an eight-hour shift; (also adjective) shift work.
ˈshiftless adjective
inefficient, lazy, or without a set purpose. He's rather shiftless – he's had four jobs in six months.
ˈshiftlessness noun
ˈshifty adjective
looking cunning and dishonest. I don't trust him – he has a very shifty look.
ˈshiftily adverb
ˈshiftiness noun
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References in classic literature ?
In and out of the hive long black robber bees smeared with honey fly timidly and shiftily. They do not sting, but crawl away from danger.
This was evidenced by the magnitude of the enterprises he engaged in, such as, for instance, Panama Mail, by sheer weight of money and fighting power wresting the control away from Shiftily and selling out in two months to the Harriman interests at a rumored enormous advance.
Staff became suspicious when they noticed a shortfall in takings and Libranda was found out when security trawled through hours of CCTV and found him shiftily folding up and pocketing bundles of notes.
Seb tells Peter he saw Carla acting shiftily and putting a bin bag in the boot of her car the morning after the fire.
I'd heard it was good for anxiety and depression, so I shiftily slunk in to the pharmacy and asked about it.
One croc yawns just yards from our jeep, while others can be seen sliding shiftily into the water.
"Enjoy it?" he'd whisper when Pigeon brought a book back, watching him pull it shiftily from under his jumper, checking with nervous eyes to see if any of the others had seen.
IN the doorways of flats across the suburbs of South Tehran, Iranian men and women queued up shiftily.
About five streets from Albert Square as it goes, mooching about in back alleys shiftily smoking cigarettes and feebly attempting to disguise himself by pulling up his jacket collar.
Aaron and Paddy are acting shiftily but it's Chrissie who is arrested as the gun has gone missing at Home Farm.
14) to explain the era's radicalism, Israel--albeit with characters shiftily coming and going in his grand narrative--looks to identify a coterie sponsoring a comprehensive series of drastic changes.