to walk without lifting the feet or with clumsy steps and a shambling gait.
to scrape the feet over the floor in dancing.
to move clumsily (usually followed by into): to shuffle into one's clothes.
to act underhandedly or evasively with respect to a stated situation (often followed by in, into, or out of): to shuffle out of one's responsibilities.
to intermix so as to change the relative positions of cards in a pack.
to move (one's feet) along the ground or floor without lifting them.
to perform (a dance) with such movements.
to move (an object or objects) this way and that.
to put, thrust, or bring trickily, evasively, or haphazardly (usually followed by in, into, out, etc.): to shuffle one's way into favor.
to mix (cards in a pack) so as to change the relative positions.
to jumble together, mix, or interchange the positions of (objects).
a scraping movement; dragging gait.
an evasive trick; evasion.
an act or instance of shuffling.
a shuffling of cards in a pack.
the right or turn to shuffle preparatory to dealing: You win the shuffle.
a dance in which the feet are shuffled along the floor.
to thrust aside; get rid of.
to move away by, or as if by, shuffling: They shuffled off to school with little enthusiasm.
- re·shuf·fle, verb re·shuf·fled, re·shuf·fling, noun
- un·shuf·fled, adjective
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How to use shuffle in a sentence
I had a kid a few weeks ago, so my routine is in the midst of getting reshuffled.
With a Republican frontrunner weaker than a happy-hour margarita and a significantly reshuffled deck of challengers.Rick Santorum Reshuffles the GOP Primary Deck With MN, MO Wins | Michelle Cottle | February 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
When HarperCollins reshuffled its imprints in February, one side of the company grew.
When washing the tiles takes place, the tiles must be reshuffled and the wall built over.Pung Chow | Lew Lysle Harr
By midnight our labours were complete: the bedrooms had been reshuffled and beds made, food and drink prepared.Sonia Married | Stephen McKenna
Regiments were shuffled and reshuffled into battalions; battalions into brigades.Canada in Flanders, Volume I (of 3) | Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook
Presently there was a further meeting and amalgamation of the group as they reached a famous view, and the party was reshuffled.Overlooked | Maurice Baring
It was high time the government investigated category assignment and reshuffled and reassigned half the nation's population.Mercenary | Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for shuffle
to walk or move (the feet) with a slow dragging motion
to change the position of (something), esp quickly or in order to deceive others
(tr) to mix together in a careless manner: he shuffled the papers nervously
to mix up (cards in a pack) to change their order
(intr) to behave in an awkward, evasive, or underhand manner; equivocate
(when intr, often foll by into or out of) to move or cause to move clumsily: he shuffled out of the door
(intr) to dance the shuffle
the act or an instance of shuffling
a dance or dance step with short dragging movements of the feet
- shuffler, noun
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