Origin of shifter
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Examples from the Web for shifter
"Correa will have to gauge his decision very carefully," says Shifter.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?
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There the scene changed as suddenly as at shifter's whistle.
I have been a hard-working man, and served all offices on board from cook's shifter to the command of a vessel.The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I
Shifter was allowed to run, and they would move the cars away.
We walked up Smithfield to the Union depot and got into a car with the shifter in front, and took us out to Twenty-eighth street.
After he had crossed the yard coming out, he saw a man sneaking toward the shifter, keeping in the shadow of the coal-chutes.The Taming of Red Butte Western
Word Origin and History for shifter
1550s, "one who shifts" in any way; agent noun from shift (v.). As a mechanical contrivance, from 1869; specifically of the gear-changing mechanism in a motor-vehicle, from 1910.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper