The government has been shafting veterans since the Civil War and the modern VA does well at upholding that tradition.
All the shafting is forged of Siemens-Martin mild steel of the best quality, each of the three separate cranks being built up.
The owner of a saw-mill wanted a support made for a shafting.
These reels may be arranged so as to be operated from shafting by mechanical power, or by the hand of the attendants.
The shafting is made of forged steel, 16½ inches in diameter.
When so adjusted, the target is nailed to the post carrying the shafting hanger.
shafting and belting carry the power in every direction from the engine.
By the use of a powerful electromotor, the shafting is caused to rotate at the rate of 400 revolutions per minute by electricity.
Across the great sheds under the shafting—how fine it must look at night!
Not one cent of my property—not a foot of ground, or a single brick, or piece of shafting in the mills—belongs to me.
Old English sceaft "long, slender rod, staff, pole; spear-shaft; spear," from Proto-Germanic *skaftaz (cf. Old Norse skapt, Old Saxon skaft, Old High German scaft, German schaft, Dutch schacht, not found in Gothic), which some connect with a Germanic passive past participle of PIE root *(s)kep- "to cut, to scrape" (cf. Old English scafan "to shave, scrape, polish") on notion of "tree branch stripped of its bark." But cf. Latin scapus "shaft, stem, shank," Greek skeptron "a staff" (see scepter) which appear to be cognates.
Meaning "beam or ray" (of light, etc.) is attested from c.1300. Sense of "an arrow" is from c.1400; that of "a handle" from 1520s. Mechanical sense is from 1680s. Vulgar slang meaning "penis" first recorded 1719 on notion of "columnar part" (late 14c.); hence probably shaft (v.) and the related noun sense "act of unfair treatment" (1959), though some early sources insist this is from the notion of a "wound."
"long, narrow passage sunk into the earth," early 15c., probably from shaft (n.1) on notion of "long and cylindrical," perhaps as a translation of cognate Low German schacht in this sense (Grimm's suggestion, though OED is against it). Or it may represent a separate (unrecorded) development in Old English directly from Proto-Germanic *skaftaz if the original sense is "scrape, dig." The slang sense of shaft (n.1) is punned upon in country music song "She Got the Gold Mine, I Got the Shaft," a hit for Jerry Reed in 1982.
"treat cruelly and unfairly," by 1958, perhaps from shaft (n.1) with overtones of sodomy. Related: Shafted; shafting.
An elongated rodlike structure, such as the midsection of a long bone.
The section of a hair projecting from the surface of the body.
To treat unfairly or cruelly; victimize: When do you shaft a pal, when do you hand him the poison cup?/ The oil companies you leased the land to shafted you out of an estimated $650 million
[1950s+; fr the notion of sodomizing a victim]