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shift +‎ -y

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shifty (comparative shiftier, superlative shiftiest)

  1. Subject to frequent changes in direction.
    • 1971, Henry Handel Richardson, Ultima Thule (page 121)
      Off he raced, shuffling his bare feet through the hot, dry, shifty sand. But it was no good: she didn't care.
  2. Having the appearance of being dishonest, criminal or unreliable.
    He was a shifty character in a seedy bar, and I checked my wallet was still there after talking to him.
  3. Full of, or ready with, shifts or expedients.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)
    • Charles Kingsley
      Shifty and thrifty as old Greek or modern Scot, there were few things he could not invent, and perhaps nothing he could not endure.

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