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A look or reconnoitre, especially a quick one:‘I'll take a shufti round the wood while I'm about it’
- ‘Those wishing to keep up with, and ultimately blow away, the Joneses, should have a shufti here.’
- ‘Well, you can have a shufti at the whole programme here.’
- ‘Even those uneducated in the merits of various leagues would require only a quick shufti at the Nationwide First Division table to know the Premiership is the place everyone wants to be.’
- ‘Hospital staff had a shufti and sent Stevens on his way with a quick ‘go home and keep an eye on it’.’
- ‘You can have a shufti at the full dial-up package here.’
- ‘A quick shufti through his bank accounts should clear all this up.’
1940s (originally military slang): from Arabic šāfa try to see.
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