Shaft meaning

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A conduit for air, as used in heating and ventilating.
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(slang) To cheat, trick, exploit, etc.
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The section of a hair projecting from the surface of the body.
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The main axis of a feather, especially its distal portion.
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An elongated rodlike structure, such as the midsection of a long bone.
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To shaft is to treat someone harshly or unfairly.

When you stiff someone on pay you owe him, this is an example of a time when you shaft him.

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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.

The long narrow handle of a golf club is an example of a shaft.

A long narrow mine shaft or a vertical elevator shaft are both examples of a shaft.

A sudden bolt of lightening is an example of a shaft of lightening.

A sudden flash of happiness is an example of a shaft of happiness.

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A long thin object or part, as:
  • The long narrow stem or body of a spear or arrow.
  • A spear or arrow.
  • The handle of any of various tools or implements.
  • One of two parallel poles between which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle.
  • A long, generally cylindrical bar that rotates and transmits power, as the drive shaft of an engine.
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(zoology) The main axis of a feather, especially its distal portion.
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Something suggestive of a spear or arrow in appearance or configuration, as:
  • A ray or beam of light.
  • A bolt of lightning.
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(vulgar slang) A penis.
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To equip with a shaft.
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(slang) To treat in a harsh, unfair way.
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(slang) To penetrate (someone) sexually.
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A missile or something that seems to be hurled like a missile; bolt.

Shafts of lightning, derision, etc.

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A cone or column of light; ray; beam.
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A long, slender part or object.
  • (rare) The trunk of a tree or stem of a plant.
  • The stem or rib of a feather.
  • The midsection of a long bone.
  • The supporting stem of a branched candlestick.
  • A column or obelisk; also, the main, usually cylindrical, part between the ends of a column or pillar.
  • A flagpole.
  • A tall, slender building or part of a building; spire.
  • A handle, as on some tools or implements.
  • Either of the two poles between which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle; thill.
  • A bar, usually cylindrical, for supporting or transmitting motion to a wheel, pulley, gear, cam, etc.
    The drive shaft of an engine.
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A long, narrow, vertical or slanting passage sunk into the earth.

A mine shaft.

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A vertical opening passing through the floors of a building, as for an elevator.
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get the shaft
  • to be cheated, tricked, etc.
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give someone the shaft
  • to cheat or trick someone
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

get the shaft
give someone the shaft

Origin of shaft

  • Middle English from Old English sceaft

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition