Definition of make shift in US English:

make shift

phrase

  • Do what one wants to do in spite of not having ideal conditions.

    • ‘As You Like It is the precursor of King Lear in a number of respects; the Forest of Arden is a harsh place and people who dwell there must make shift to survive.’
    • ‘In that absence one makes do - makes shift - with what is to hand and with the hands one has.’
    • ‘If this is what we have to do, make an effort - if we have to make shift with things as they are and not as we wish they were - then I hope I am up to that effort.’