from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. aggressive looking, tough.
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wv: "shife"-- similar to what I said when I realized I just posted this comment under the heading "Special Deliveries" from a couple days ago.
"Why, Missus Keckley," said she to me one day, "I is been here eight months, and Missus Lingom an't even give me one shife.