To shuffle off

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To shuffle off to thrust aside, put off
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A by-form of scuffle, thus conn. with shove and shovel.

Usage

In literature:

It was not fair, when we had been promised a trip into Germany, to send us off to sea, just to please Shuffles.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
He tried to shuffle off the charge.
"The Grateful Indian" by W.H.G. Kingston
Back To-morrow,' he would have shuffled off about his business.
"The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse" by Arthur Scott Bailey
And I know, until we shuffle off, that we're going to be that!
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
The steward was the only man near him, and he was shuffling off nimbly on his way back to his pantry.
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
But after a quarter hour of showing off, it decided to behave itself and went off at a shuffling gallop.
"The World That Couldn't Be" by Clifford Donald Simak
The morning was hurrying by and this vaporing was a hindrance to be shuffled off.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
They shuffled off to both sides and left a path down the middle of the road.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
And you try to put me off with your usual Kafir lies and shuffling.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
The handmaiden, her duty discharged, shuffled off to the lower regions.
"To Win the Love He Sought" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In poetry:

Good to the heels the well-worn slipper feels
When the tired player shuffles off the buskin;
A page of Hood may do a fellow good
After a scolding from Carlyle or Ruskin.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Imagine children shuffled off to schools that teach religious doctrine as science -- on your dime.
Pop might not be ready to shuffle off to retirement — yet.
Shelby Lynne sets her sultry voice to a lazy shuffle, purring, "I should drive off of the road/I'm in a war I cannot win," in an attempt to make sense of her mistakes.
Intuit Financial Services' Athens office will host its ninth annual chili cook off 11:30 am to 2 pm today at Little Kings Shuffle Club in downtown Athens.
Buffett & Berkshire: Shuffling Off To Mediocrity .
When it refused to budge, I gave it a little poke with the handle, hoping it would climb down and shuffle off without fanfare, or maybe "play possum ," as possums do when they don't like the odds.
Maybe it's the slowed-down pace of the day and being able to shuffle about in our robes before heading off to church or to visit family.
" " Shuffle Off to Buffalo".
"42nd Street" cast members rehearsed the " Shuffle Off to Buffalo" number during rehearsals on June 9, 2011.
Shuffle off to Buffalo carefully.
Buffett & Berkshire: Shuffling Off To Mediocrity.
"America's Oldest Living Teenager," Dick Clark, shuffled off to the big sock-hop in the sky this past Wednesday.
0 Poor Best The country's a mess, mass murders abound, and school children are being shuffled off to prison, regardless of their age.
Well, Ruff wasn't exactly singing Shuffle Off to - or in this case from.
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