Definitions

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  • adv. In a shifty manner.

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  • adv. in a shifty manner

Etymologies

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shifty +‎ -ly

Examples

  • I imagine this guy glancing shiftily around, looking for aliens that might be listening in, before leaning across the table and saying in a hushed, secretive voice …

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  • He was getting nervous: He took a step back and looked shiftily from side to side.

    The Body Ricardo

  • Puzzled, Monty smiles shiftily: Well, like I said, you could tell.

    Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood

  • Thousands of people stood around shiftily, but their faces lacked the reassuring neutrality of the idle loafers one normally encounters in China.

    THE PEOPLE'S ARMY AND THE PEOPLE

  • “What do you mean?” she asked shiftily, lowering her hands.

    The Little Lady Agency and the Prince

  • We were confronting aftershocks, seismic activity that continued hourly, shiftily, as we were conducting the rescue effort.

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  • Once-proud warriors, the descendants of brawny-armed, 14-pints-a-day steelworkers and miners, now slouch shiftily in the ubiquitous Blockbuster stores, waiting to spend their benefits on the violent, degraded products of Hollywood.

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  • And it will be incredibly popular in the countries concerned, since it will force the region's governments sitting shiftily round this table to be far more honest and accountable than they are at the moment.

    British official talks plainly shock!

  • The Wrong Thing, _they cried, scanning shiftily through all surveillance cameras in the BPB plant.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The new governor in this instance — one Corporal A.E. Archer — or ex-Congressman Archer, as he was sometimes called — was, unlike Swanson, a curious mixture of the commonplace and the ideal — one of those shiftily loyal and loyally shifty who make their upward way by devious, if not too reprehensible methods.

    The Titan

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