make shift

make shift
phrasal to manage with difficulty

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • make shift — ► make shift dated manage or contrive to do something. Main Entry: ↑shift …   English terms dictionary

  • make|shift — «MAYK SHIHFT», noun, adjective. –n. something made to use for a time instead of the right thing; temporary substitute: »When the electric lights went out, we used candles as a makeshift. Spools and buttons were the child s makeshifts for toys.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make shift — make do, manage to the best of one s ability …   English contemporary dictionary

  • make shift — dated manage or contrive to do something. → shift …   English new terms dictionary

  • make shift — phrasal : to try to get along or succeed under difficulties or with inferior means * * * do what one wants to do in spite of not having ideal conditions …   Useful english dictionary

  • make·shift — /ˈmeıkˌʃıft/ adj : used as a usually rough and temporary replacement for something A large box served as a makeshift table …   Useful english dictionary

  • make|shift|y — «MAYK SHIHF tee», adjective. = makeshift. (Cf. ↑makeshift) …   Useful english dictionary

  • To make shift — make make, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {made} (m[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {making}.] [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS. mak?n, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahh?n to join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. {Match} an equal.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To make shift — Shift Shift, n. [Cf. Icel. skipti. See {Shift}, v. t.] 1. The act of shifting. Specifically: (a) The act of putting one thing in the place of another, or of changing the place of a thing; change; substitution. [1913 Webster] My going to Oxford… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shift — shift; shift·abil·i·ty; shift·able; shift·er; shift·ful; shift·i·ly; shift·i·ness; shift·less; shift·man; make·shift; blue·shift·ed; make·shift·ness; shift·less·ly; shift·less·ness; …   English syllables

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