shift (n.)
stratagem, contriving, trick
CE III.ii.190[Antipholus of Syracuse alone] I see a man here needs not live by shifts
E3 I.i.76[King Edward to Lorraine, of the King of France] His lame unpolished shifts are come to light
Luc.920[Lucrece as if to opportunity] Guilty of treason, forgery, and shift
Mac II.iii.38[Porter to Macduff, of drink] I requited him for his lie and ... I made a shift to cast him
Tit IV.ii.175[Aaron to the baby] it is you that puts us to our shifts
TS induction.1.124[Lord to Servingman, of the Page having to weep] An onion will do well for such a shift
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