When you stiff someone on pay you owe him, this is an example of a time when you shaft him.
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.
- 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.
- A ray or beam of light.
- A bolt of lightning.
Shafts of lightning, derision, etc.
- (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.
A mine shaft.
- to be cheated, tricked, etc.
- to cheat or trick someone
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of shaft
- Middle English from Old English sceaft
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition