from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A system of shafts, as in a mechanical device, for transmitting motion or power.
- n. Material from which shafts are made.
- n. Slang An instance of harsh or unfair treatment: got a shafting when they bought that house.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of shaft.
- n. shafts collectively; a system of connected shafts for communicating motion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Shafts, collectivelly; a system of connected shafts for communicating motion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mach; the system of shafts which connects machinery with the prime mover, and through which motion is communicated to the former by the latter. See shaft, 4 .
- n. A darkening of the shaft, or quill of a feather, as in some breeds of poultry.
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There was no choice as there was nothing else available, and while I admit to toying with the idea of shafting one of the lieutenants or captains with my halfway machine and taking his, I couldn't quite see that.
The electorate know that the tories and libdems are the same, and look at both as one party who is "shafting" the working class.
In British Low Culture, Leon Hunt notes from that special,Sandra Shulman, author of Daughter sic of Satan 'Their beautiful bodies belonged to the devil–A novel in the tradition of Rosemary's Baby' and The Degenerates wrote orgy scenes as 'a shopping list of perversions' and claims not to have known what 'shafting' or 'going down' meant.
Maori Party MP Hone Harawira penned an abusive email to Ministry of Maori Development officials in July over a brochure about the Maori flag, accusing them of "shafting" him and threatening to "go apeshit" and "expose this as a sham" if they did not make changes he wanted.
The public saved more than that in a year, and in a way that keeps government functioning effectively without shafting either government workers, the needy, or anybody else in the general public.
Spending 6/7ths as much in 2011 as in 2010 while utterly shafting 2009, when the actual recession is happening, is mind-boggling.
They thought they were shafting us by enforcing a 3 year deal that was poor at the time.
And as with so many wars of attrition against the working class, this one begins by shafting disenfranchised communities, especially immigrants.
Sophie blew smoke up into light shafting down from an upstairs window.
I thank you at least for helping me more sure in my view of electoral and party politics as bickering between the ruling classes and a distraction from the real business of shafting those being ruled over.