The definition of a shaft is a long, narrow handle or a long narrow part of something, a sudden bolt of light or a sudden flash of some feeling.(noun)
To shaft is to treat someone harshly or unfairly.(verb)
When you stiff someone on pay you owe him, this is an example of a time when you shaft him.
See shaft in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME schaft < OE sceaft, akin to Ger schaft < IE base *(s)kap-, to cut with a sharp tool > shave, Gr skapos, rod, L scapus, shaft, stalk
See shaft in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English sceaft.
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