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.
"What means did you employ?" was the question asked of the wife of Concini, in regard to her treatment of Mary of Medici; and the answer was, "Only that influence which every strong mind has over a weak one." Cannot Caesar in irons shuffle off the irons and transfer them to the person of Hippo or Thraso the turnkey?
CONDEMNING those who wish to shuffle off this mortal coil on their own terms to die without dignity and in absolute agony is cruel beyond endurance.
Maybe the government are hoping we will shuffle off this mortal coil and not claim it?
HIGHLAND Council have sent "mourning kits" to shops and community centres to prepare should a Royal shuffle off this mortal coil.
Then, of course, there's the 'girl power' mindset of the whole endeavor.While not exactly toughened heroines a la Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley, the female characters of 'Annihilation' do rise to the occasion, before most of them shuffle off the mortal coil in creative ways.
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.
Shuffle off this mortal coil....It's nothing you wouldn't do to us.
Twenty-one chapters investigate the mechanisms by which biological cells shuffle off this mortal plane, or do not.