Definition of shuffle in English:



  • 1[no object, with adverbial] Walk by dragging one's feet along or without lifting them fully from the ground.

    ‘I stepped into my skis and shuffled to the edge of the steep slope’
    ‘she heard Gran's shuffling steps’
    • ‘I shrugged and walked to the counter, feet shuffling along the Persian carpet.’
    • ‘Lazily drifting at a high altitude, you wait until the sap investing his paycheck in the drunk blonde shuffles off to the restroom.’
    • ‘For a mid-week afternoon there are few people at the market, which is a relief as sometimes it's so crowded you must walk shoulder to shoulder and shuffle along with baby steps.’
    • ‘She could hear her sister shuffling along the hard floor.’
    • ‘He looked about 35 and shuffled along slowly, looking down at his feet, oblivious to the noise, traffic and cars around him.’
    • ‘Drew and Jordan tussled out the door and onto the side walk, as Gavin shuffles along behind them.’
    • ‘And when we walked back down the corridor I noticed he was shuffling along, really like a defeated soldier on retreat.’
    • ‘Elderly couples shuffled along the cobblestones, tongues flapping slowly at their ice cream cones.’
    • ‘He shuffled back along the ground away from her, scared and confused by what was happening.’
    • ‘I walked slowly shuffling along the busy hallway reflecting how alone one could feel in such a crowded place.’
    • ‘The traffic came to a screeching halt and the faceless multitudes shuffling along the pavements actually paused to turn and look at the cause of it all.’
    • ‘Meanwhile her male friend, shuffled along the platform after her, a small pile of coins in his hand.’
    • ‘This didn't seem to bother the young boy as he walked along, shuffled with the rest of the crowd milling about.’
    • ‘His feet were shuffling along with the rest of him, tapping out the beat on the cement floor.’
    • ‘Elizabeth Mathobege shuffles into the LifeLine office in Alexandra, clutching a torn envelope in her wrinkled hands.’
    • ‘Morgan shuffled along, as if a cripple, his feet dragging piteously on the floor.’
    • ‘The child stayed on the table, listening until the shuffles of worn out, oversized slippers.’
    • ‘Except that this time, the gentleman of the couple was walking with a frame and was shuffling along very slowly indeed.’
    • ‘With Romero penning the script, the dead once again walked and shuffled along the landscape of Pittsburgh.’
    • ‘He then got to his feet and started shuffling along doing an impression of the way I walked.’
    shamble, drag one's feet, stumble, lumber
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    1. 1.1Shift one's position while sitting or move one's feet while standing, typically because of boredom, nervousness, or embarrassment.
      ‘Christine shuffled uneasily in her chair’
      [with object] ‘Ben shuffled his feet in the awkward silence’
      • ‘He rubbed the back of his neck and shuffled to his other foot.’
      • ‘I shuffled to my feet, gathered my binder, and slung my backpack over one shoulder lazily.’
      • ‘Riley cleared his throat and shuffled uneasily on his feet.’
      • ‘A pair of feet shuffled to the front, and the rest formed a line.’
      • ‘Unsure of how to respond, the audience shuffled to its feet.’
      • ‘I averted my gaze to the tarred road between us, beneath us, and restrained my feet from shuffling ashamedly.’
      • ‘When the whispering started, she began to shuffle her feet in embarrassment, her combat boots scarping harshly against the linoleum.’
      • ‘People would run from across the street to try and grab a dry space among the crowd, who were muttering to themselves and shuffling from foot to foot while they waited for the storm to abate.’
      • ‘Claire looked at her feet, shuffling uncomfortably in place.’
      • ‘The dive blokes shuffled their feet with embarrassment, trying to pretend that it wasn't happening, but unable to stop gawping.’
      • ‘‘You might be waiting a while,’ she muttered miserably, shuffling to her feet.’
      • ‘His wild eyes were watching the boys and his feet shuffled uneasily.’
      • ‘His hands moved quickly when he talked, and he shuffled from one foot to the other, as if dancing.’
      • ‘The guests shuffled to their feet, still shocked over what had almost occurred.’
      • ‘The old lady had got to her feet and after shuffling slowly forwards, was standing in awe next to the younger woman.’
      • ‘Michael kept his eyes on his feet as he shuffled into my room.’
      • ‘An older lady hobbled into the crowd, her feet shuffling under her and her hand shaky on her cane.’
      • ‘I couldn't see from under my pillow, but I knew he was probably near the door shuffling from foot to foot in a nervous fashion.’
      • ‘He always kept it short and one of his feet shuffled around when he was nervous, as he did just then.’
      • ‘I shuffled about a foot into the middle, hoping he'd lay off the fact I was freaking out.’
      scrape, drag, scratch, grind, scuffle, scuff
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    2. 1.2[with object]Put part of one's body into (an item of clothing), typically in a clumsy way.
      ‘she shuffled her feet into a pair of shoes’
  • 2[with object] Rearrange (a pack of cards) by sliding them over each other quickly.

    ‘he shuffled the cards and cut the deck’
    [no object] ‘anybody who has played skat with my gran knows how to shuffle without dropping the cards’
    • ‘She reached into her pocket and pulled out a pack of cards, shuffling them hopefully.’
    • ‘The cards in the pot are shuffled together with the discarded cards and re-dealt to the players, so that each player has one card fewer than in the round before.’
    • ‘For the first deal a randomly chosen player shuffles, that player's right-hand neighbour cuts.’
    • ‘During each deal, the dealer's partner shuffles the other pack and places it to the right.’
    • ‘The dealer shuffles, the non-dealer cuts the cards [but see variations], and dealer deals 6 cards face down to each player one at a time.’
    • ‘The dealer shuffles, and then deals the cards out clockwise one at a time: four cards face down to each player and four face up to the centre of the table.’
    • ‘The dealer shuffles, and offers the cards to the player on his right to cut.’
    • ‘Nevada regulators have gone so far as to informally allow casino dealers to count cards and shuffle whenever the remainder of a shoe favors the players.’
    • ‘At the end of each hand, the played cards are gathered together and the whole pack is shuffled by the new dealer before the next deal.’
    • ‘The other night, three of us were sitting at the blackjack table watching the dealer shuffle.’
    • ‘A second pack of cards is shuffled and the top card turned over to determine trumps.’
    • ‘The dealer shuffles and deals each player 10 cards, one at a time. 3 cards are put face-down in the middle of the table to form the blind.’
    • ‘The dealer shuffles, and the player to dealer's right cuts.’
    • ‘When the banner deal is done, the dealer takes all of the extra cards, puts them back in the deck, and shuffles 2-3 more times.’
    • ‘This player is called ‘the dealer’, but does not deal - he just shuffles.’
    • ‘Played with a standard 52 card deck, shuffle and deal 4 cards face up into the center of the play area.’
    • ‘Now that everybody has their cards [each has 12 cards, 3 of each suit], each person then shuffles their own cards.’
    • ‘You then take the other pack of cards and shuffle and cut again.’
    • ‘What if you shuffled a pack of cards thoroughly and turned over the top 10 cards and they were all red?’
    • ‘The dealer shuffles and deals out the cards face down to the players one at a time, clockwise, until everyone has a hand of six cards.’
    mix, mix up, mingle, intermix
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    1. 2.1Move (people or things) around so as to occupy different positions or to be in a different order.
      ‘my father shuffled his money around various building societies’
      ‘she shuffled her papers into a neat pile’
      ‘the selectors have been shuffling their resources in recent matches’
      • ‘She shuffled the papers, straightened them, and then filed them away somewhere.’
      • ‘The backs have overcome their attacking troubles, and shuffling players around in positions seems to have paid off.’
      • ‘When my turn came, he was shuffling papers around at his desk and greeted me with a flourish of his left arm.’
      • ‘He was shuffling papers around in a large file but stopped when he saw me look up.’
      • ‘He smiled and winked, then checked his watch and began shuffling papers around on his desk.’
      • ‘How about applying the same tax rules and rates to companies and individuals so people don't spend half their time shuffling money around to minimise tax.’
      • ‘It all seems very dull: shuffling bits of paper in endless files.’
      • ‘A lot of what a manager does all day, clearly, is sit behind a desk shuffling paper.’
      • ‘This would include bowling changes, field changes, shuffling the batting order, speeding up or slowing down the pace of the game, etc.’
      • ‘Cole came into his cubicle and shuffled some of the papers on top.’
      • ‘He sat at his seat behind the desk shuffling his papers around angrily.’
      • ‘I could add new entries, shuffle the order of entries and delete entries from this list.’
      • ‘She shuffled papers on her desk, and he went into his office, made a few phone calls, and waited for the confrontation.’
      • ‘He looked down at the floor and began shuffling a paper clip that was lying on the floor around with his foot.’
      • ‘Fifty or more counters sit at trestle tables shuffling the ballot papers into piles of 50.’
      • ‘The rest of those cowardly rats just stared at the ceiling and shuffled their papers.’
      • ‘Dexter shuffled the papers in his lap, squinting through the reading glasses that he'd been promising to upgrade for three months.’
      • ‘Votes will be recorded on a disc in each count centre and then brought to a central area, where they will be shuffled in order to guarantee voters' anonymity.’
      • ‘In lieu of using polls to determine a candidate's strength among the voters, prudent observers will watch how the campaign teams shuffle their money.’
      • ‘She shuffled a few papers before moving to stand in front of the rows of desks.’
    2. 2.2Play or arrange (tracks on a music player) in a random order.
      ‘the control lets you shuffle or skip songs by flicking the phone with your wrist’
      • ‘The new one has a far superior menu system and you can shuffle to the next song by shaking it.’
      • ‘I've finally discovered the point of shuffle (forgive me if everyone else has been gaining great satisfaction from shuffling the 10 tracks on an album all these years).’
      • ‘The software's shuffle-play capability juxtaposes them in intriguing ways, even shuffling through only the tracks played in the past 90 days.’
      • ‘With some discs, it might not much matter; however, this album is not just a collection of songs that could be shuffled about.’
      • ‘You can shuffle song order, making it fairly easy to say "play everything I have in a random order".’
      • ‘Shuffling across thousands of songs suddenly becomes an utterly compelling experience.’
      • ‘Once you've got 1200 + songs to shuffle with, surfing that random access is hugely enjoyable.’
      • ‘Shuffling the order of tracks doesn't prop up any emotions or themes or kill any "album" concepts.’
      • ‘The site will also provide Irish users with features such as iMix, a way in which users can publish their playlist; party shuffle, a playlist that automatically shuffles and plays songs from the user's library; and gift certificates.’
      • ‘Internet radio is different: it may mean shuffling tracks, personalisation, downloading.’
      • ‘No matter how I shuffle the songs, I keep coming across these Britney clumps.’
      • ‘As pretentious as that sounds, the menus are actually extremely well laid out, and even include options for repeating and shuffling of the disc and tracks.’
      • ‘The Evolution lets you hide your gadgets here-and-there about your person, while keeping them near enough to your fingertips to shuffle tunes and find your camera in an instant.’
      • ‘It took a far more computer literate friend to help out before I could finally find the right socket, but after that I was away and it has been worth it for the pure joy of shuffling my tunes, as I believe the expression goes.’
      • ‘'You OK getting back?' Tina asked, shuffling the songs on the iPod to start the dancing.’
      • ‘Ashton and I were fooling around with the karaoke machine, and we decided to select all songs and shuffle it.’
      • ‘For example, the playlist gives you intros interspersed with clips in the appropriate order, but if your player is shuffling tunes it won't preserve that order.’
      • ‘Advanced Shake Control lets you shuffle or skip songs by flicking the phone with your wrist.’
      • ‘You can shake it to shuffle songs and turn it sideways to watch music and flick through album covers.’
      • ‘It also can alert you to text messages, mute or reject incoming calls, and shuffle the songs on any of the new Walkman phones.’
    3. 2.3[no object]Sort or look through (a number of things) hurriedly.
      ‘he shuffled through the papers’
      • ‘Devon retorted, shuffling through his bag and pulling out a red apple, ‘Here, you should eat.’’
      • ‘Katerina sat in the middle of her room, on the bed to be exact, shuffling through old photographs of Mitzy and Renee, who had taken the day off to go shopping.’
      • ‘She was shuffling through my papers on the desk.’
      • ‘The clerk shuffles through a pile of documents, tells him not to worry, he does have an appointment, and to go back to where he came from.’
      • ‘Ket shuffled through her papers again and slotted them back into her bag.’
      • ‘The big box of Christmas paper came down from the cupboard above the microwave, and Mum shuffled through her collection, sorting them into various piles.’
      • ‘Dennis is busy organizing his desk, shuffling through all sorts of papers.’
      • ‘Why was he shuffling through glossy brochures on his lap at the same time?’
      • ‘Not only does this keep you focused on answering the question, it also keeps the reader focused on the proposal, without switching back and forth while shuffling through papers.’
      • ‘Greg began shuffling through his desk in search of something.’
      • ‘Fossett shuffles through the papers strewn across the chart table and digs out a list of speed-sailing records he has compiled.’
      • ‘How is the epidemic deterred by airline passengers shuffling through trays of disinfectant?’
      • ‘The Health Service worker says: ‘hold on a minute will you caller’ and shuffles through a filing cabinet to find the necessary forms.’
      • ‘‘Oh yeah, it's fine,’ she said absently, shuffling through the mail to make sure there were no emergencies.’
      • ‘It is accessible but it suffers from too many personalities shuffling through on a page by page basis.’
      • ‘But he shuffled through the pack of pictures without looking at them.’
      • ‘It's worth the trouble, just to be able to dream a little over a third cup of coffee, shuffling through your newspaper and doing a bit of desultory people-watching.’
      • ‘‘Wait a minute,’ I said, shuffling through the photos.’
      • ‘At a desk to the very side of the room, a very overweight, red-faced man was shuffling through some files and stuffing them into Manila folders.’
      • ‘I watched this guy look around, jump into the dumpster, shuffle through a ton of dirty diapers and locate a half-eaten sandwich.’
  • 3[with object] Get out of or avoid a responsibility or obligation.

    ‘some hospitals can shuffle off their responsibilities by claiming to have no suitable facilities’
    • ‘It is time to get back to basics: to self-discipline and respect for the law, to consideration for others, to accepting responsibility for yourself and your family, and not shuffling it off on the state.’
    • ‘Managers should not be shuffling patients off waiting lists to meet a manifesto target.’
    • ‘To hear a lecture on proper accounting from Congress - whose favorite financial tool is shuffling liabilities off its balance sheet, in the form of either unfunded mandates or unfunded promises such as Social Security - is a joke.’
    • ‘If you have a customer complaint, don't shuffle it off to others.’
    • ‘Now, there are many reasons why the more unconventional parties are shuffled off to the sides of the electoral process.’
    evade, dodge, avoid, get out of, sidestep, shuffle off, run away from, shrink from, shun, slide out of, play truant from, skip, miss, not attend
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    1. 3.1archaic [no object]Behave in a shifty or evasive manner.
      ‘Mr Milles did not frankly own it, but seem'd to shuffle about it’
    2. 3.2archaic [no object]Get out of (a difficult situation) in an underhand way.
      ‘he shuffles out of the consequences by vague charges of undue influence’


  • 1[in singular] A shuffling movement, walk, or sound.

    ‘there was a shuffle of approaching feet’
    • ‘The hobble became a rapid shuffle and then a quite respectable stroll, and the discomfort faded away.’
    • ‘The ancient Royal Mile echoed to nothing but the soft-shoe shuffle of an American tourist.’
    • ‘Their sleep was eased by the sound of water and the steady shuffle of hooves, the night closed in around them, drawing the light from the fire until it was glowing embers.’
    • ‘He was shabbily dressed and walked with something of a shuffle.’
    • ‘I heard a thud as he must of fallen from his bed, then the lazy shuffle as he proceeded to walk to the door.’
    • ‘There was the sound of a shuffle, like a body rising to its feet.’
    • ‘There was a shuffle from inside the room and the sound of a bolt sliding back on the inside before the door opened.’
    • ‘Amy moved in something between a death-row shuffle and a proud march as Hart sidled close to her, ears leveled with uncertainty.’
    • ‘He walked with a hesitating shuffle, unsure how to distribute his weight.’
    • ‘Their common gait is a shuffle like walk, however, they are able to reach speeds of 15 miles per hour on the ground.’
    • ‘Plush but tidy brown hush puppies softened the girl's tread, and she walked with a slight shuffle, back hunched a bit, as if she were trying to hide from the world.’
    • ‘You too will have to be walked out in a shuffle, the doormen now more like sanitarium orderlies than bouncers.’
    • ‘There sounded a slight shuffle before the blonde-haired beauty appeared, dress now slightly wrinkled though just as pretty.’
    • ‘He looks like a beggar, yet his eyes lack the proper cringe, his voice the proper whine, his walk the proper shuffle.’
    • ‘His walk was reduced to a shuffle and his speech became muffled.’
    • ‘There is an occasional cough, the shuffle of a footstep, the jingle of some coins, and the rattle of newspapers.’
    • ‘The soft shuffle of footsteps in the silent hall alerted Cassari to the fact that some of the students were moving.’
    • ‘George heard the soft shuffle of footsteps approaching from the hall.’
    • ‘A few minutes before Mr Johns knocked Miss Richardson had heard a bang and a shuffle coming from upstairs, which later she assumed had been the noise of the fight taking place.’
    • ‘I was doing the usual shuffle up the crowded stairs, walking on the extreme left.’
    1. 1.1A quick dragging or scraping movement of the feet in dancing.
      ‘Violet tried on a top hat and did a brief vaudeville shuffle’
      • ‘Whether the movement he notes is a ‘momentous step’, or a sideways shuffle, is a matter of interpretation.’
      • ‘One breaks into an impromptu jig, or sun dance, or hobo shuffle, whatever, while the others clap the beat.’
      • ‘Behind us, a middle-aged couple began to dance, a gentle rhythmic shuffle which seemed to catch on amongst the audience.’
      • ‘A simple shuffle has no way of knowing who is dancing to what.’
    2. 1.2A dance performed with quick dragging or scraping movements of the feet.
      • ‘It is not known when the shuffle was first performed on turf, rather than in a lounge room, but it is definitely known that opposition clubs hated it.’
      • ‘The shuffle, however, is like it was designed especially for me.’
      • ‘The couple still enjoy a soft shoe shuffle during a tea dance at the Trafford Centre and Edna said her life with Jim had been wonderful.’
      • ‘Along with the other ‘schoolgirls’ in the ladies' chorus, they have been practising the art of the Japanese shuffle.’
    3. 1.3A piece of music for or in the style of a shuffle.
      [mass noun] ‘it's the usual blend of boogie, shuffle, and ballad’
      • ‘Blind Lemon recently released their debut self-titled album, which showcases the band's range of sounds from swing and shuffle to slow blues.’
      • ‘Highlights therefore include the acoustic shuffle of The Charging Sky, which includes some really lush melodies, excellent slide guitar and really fun lyrics.’
      • ‘‘I Send My Love to You’ starts slowly but is rescued by a rockabilly shuffle.’
      • ‘For Line of Fire, he sets up a jazzy shuffle on the drums while a lone guitar twangs thousands of feet below.’
    4. 1.4A rhythmic motif based on a shuffle dance step and typical of early jazz, consisting of alternating crotchets and quavers in a triplet pattern.
  • 2An act of shuffling a pack of cards.

    ‘the discard is removed from the deck until the next shuffle’
    • ‘During the shuffle, dealer holds the cards so that she and the other players cannot see any of their faces.’
    • ‘Morris reveals how this card trick works and explains the mathematics of perfect shuffles in his new book Magic Tricks, Card Shuffling, and Dynamic Computer Memories.’
    • ‘I once managed to put the evil eye on a Korean dealer on a cruise ship once that she spilt a clump of aces all over the table during the shuffle revealing their precise location.’
    • ‘During the last deck before the shuffle when the count was favorable I would bet many black and many red with a few green and sometimes duplicate this for a second hand.’
    • ‘We were a jury now, although not all of us made it through the random card shuffle that decided exactly which twelve people would fill the jury's benches.’
    • ‘During the play, players cards are not mixed with other cards, so each round can start immediately after the preceding one without a shuffle or deal intervening.’
    • ‘I picked up the cards in the same sequence that they do in the casino and used a standard, two pass casino shuffle.’
    • ‘A professional bridge player was suspended from competition for manipulating a deck of cards during the shuffle and deal.’
    • ‘The second shuffle, after the stock is exposed, is to randomize for the next round of drafting.’
    • ‘If no player has a double (theoretically this can happen once in 700 games) the stones are put back and there is a new shuffle.’
    • ‘Many players believe that the shuffle has some kind of mystical properties which change player advantage.’
    • ‘Two Nevada casinos are looking for a new shuffle.’
    • ‘Basically, everything you need to know about the operation of your shuffle is on one little compact card.’
    • ‘It drives them crazy, because it is a lot of responsibility to be all things to all people, and you can lose yourself in the shuffle, where there are no longer 52 cards in the deck.’
    • ‘Thus the expected number of shuffles needed to get two cards below B is n + n / 2.’
    • ‘Every shuffle of a deck of cards leads to a 52-card sequence that has low a priori probability, but has unit probability once the cards are all on the table.’
    • ‘You instantly know your chances of getting a blackjack during the rest of that shuffle are zero.’
    • ‘Those that use a constant shuffle certainly negate card counting.’
    • ‘Because frequent shuffles slow down the game, and a slower game is better for most players because it reduces their exposure to the house edge.’
    • ‘Between deals, a perfunctory shuffle is sufficient.’
    1. 2.1A change of order or relative positions; a reshuffle.
      ‘the Prime Minister may have to consider a cabinet shuffle in the spring’
      • ‘This summer also brought two important cabinet shuffles.’
      • ‘It never fails to amaze me that junior high school pecking-order shuffles and re-shuffles are often the best way to read the policy tea leaves in the capital city of the world's most powerful nation.’
      • ‘The Presidential Office denied that a Cabinet shuffle was being considered.’
      • ‘As well as re-orging every quarter the corporate wizards also like us to have a desk shuffle on a regular basis, making you feel much like a character at the mad hatters tea party.’
      • ‘Whittred, previously the minister of state for Intermediate, Long-term and Home Care, was the other North Shore loser in the cabinet shuffle.’
      • ‘He also ruled out an immediate cabinet shuffle, but noted ministers could be replaced if courts find them guilty of crimes.’
      • ‘Last Sunday, he fired long-time Finance Minster Paul Martin, in the second emergency cabinet shuffle in a week.’
      • ‘After a cabinet shuffle last year, he was made minister of community government and transportation, as well as culture, language, elders and youth.’
      • ‘The fact two cabinet ministers did not seek re-election might, however, force a cabinet shuffle, Lemieux suggested.’
      • ‘McManus also raised eyebrows with a number of administrative shuffles that promoted some cops and transferred others who had been high up in his predecessor's administration.’
      • ‘Namibians were thrown a curved ball this week when the President abruptly announced a minor cabinet shuffle, which included the sacking of a minister and his deputy.’
      • ‘There was one last shuffle of positions as they prepared for another legendary story.’
      • ‘But he made no mention of a cabinet shuffle, despite the fact that rumours are swirling around Nassau about such a move.’
    2. 2.2A facility on a music player for playing tracks in an arbitrary order.
      ‘I had my iPod on shuffle and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ just happened to begin playing’
      [as modifier] ‘a shuffle facility’
      • ‘A little song order shuffle, and 6 other tunes, and bang - a CD can have the word very in the title.’
      • ‘And that means that the music at work will go back onto proper rotation, not the half-assed shuffle of one CD alternated with Christmas carols.’
      • ‘I admit, it's a tough situation, especially since the CD shuffle often occurs when the parent is behind the wheel of a vehicle.’
  • 3archaic A piece of equivocation or subterfuge.


  • be (or get) lost in the shuffle

    • informal Be overlooked or missed in a confused or crowded situation.

      ‘a more established sport that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle is team handball’
      • ‘When people who are supposed to be reporting the news have an agenda, something gets lost in the shuffle.’
      • ‘Between the two things, in a world where no one gets enough love and affection anyway, rational thought gets lost in the shuffle and guys start behaving weirdly and saying stupid things.’
      • ‘‘Being technical in today's market, especially a middle-aged man, I'll be lost in the shuffle with 400 other resumes at least for every job I apply for,’ John said.’
      • ‘Jesus came with a message of love and forgiveness and we can't let that get lost in the shuffle.’
      • ‘There are important bodies, but sometimes the way the UN system works, they get lost in the shuffle.’
      • ‘Somehow that point is getting lost in the shuffle.’
      • ‘I mean, the next story comes up, the next big crisis comes up in the world or in America, and it is awfully easy to get lost in the shuffle.’
      • ‘The exchange between Jonathon and Andrew has been interesting, although I fear that Ahrum's original point was lost in the shuffle.’
      • ‘There is the potential to really learn, to not get lost in the shuffle.’
      • ‘Weidenreich came to the Museum in 1941, just before the Japanese invaded Beijing and his beloved Peking man fossils were lost in the shuffle (although the plaster casts he had sent to New York survived).’
  • shuffle off this mortal coil

    • humorous Die.

      • ‘He's finally shuffled off this mortal coil, and his passing is mourned by all.’
      • ‘Now, some of this might be because the poor lass has shuffled off this mortal coil, but none of these guys tends to throw around superlatives for people who don't deserve it.’
      • ‘Someone wrote me that he's 105 years old and ought to be shuffling off this mortal coil.’
      • ‘At the ripe old age of 78 and after creating an Irish institution now famous the world over, Arthur Guinness shuffled off this mortal coil.’
      • ‘Years later, it still has an irresistible draw, and I believe that if my passion for it ever began to wane it would be a sign that I was almost ready to shuffle off this mortal coil.’
      • ‘Never mind that the late, lamented actor shuffled off this mortal coil back in 1998.’
      • ‘In a spectacular finale to a week of already nightmarish aspect, my last remaining grandparent has just decided to shuffle off this mortal coil.’
      • ‘From that moment of impact I would start to think frequently of my lucky escape but also of the thought that one day I would shuffle off this mortal coil like everyone else.’
      • ‘When my time comes to finally shuffle off this mortal coil, I sincerely hope that I'm not made to suffer those last few moments during which my life flashes before my eyes.’
      • ‘She should not have been allowed to shuffle off this mortal coil in pain, discomfort, humiliation and a fog of drugs.’
  • shuffle the cards

    • Make a different use of one's available options or resources.


Mid 16th century: perhaps from Low German schuffeln walk clumsily, also deal dishonestly, shuffle (cards), of Germanic origin; related to shove and scuffle.