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lost in the shuffle

Lost, ignored, or forgotten amid a confusing mix of things or during a chaotic situation. A: "Where's my homework?" B: "Here, it was lost in the shuffle on the kitchen table." There was a lot going on last month, so I'm afraid some of our usual obligations got lost in the shuffle. Don't sit all the way back there, or you'll get lost in the shuffle.
See also: lost, shuffle

shuffle off this mortal coil

To die. An allusion to a line in Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which Hamlet muses on what happens to the spirit after death. I've been giving my money away to my children over the past few years—I don't want them squabbling over it when I shuffle off this mortal coil. I heard that Jenkins shuffled off this mortal coil over the weekend.
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this

shuffle off this mortal coil

Euph. to die. (Often jocular or formal euphemism. Not often used in consoling someone.) Cousin Fred shuffled off this mortal coil after suffering a heart attack. When I shuffle off this mortal coil, I want to go out in stylebells, flowers, and a long, boring funeral.
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this

lost in the shuffle

Failing to stand out among others, as in In that huge economics class Jane's afraid she'll get lost in the shuffle. This metaphoric term alludes to mixing playing cards before dealing them. [c. 1900]
See also: lost, shuffle

shuffle off

1. Get rid of, act evasively, as in They've tried to shuffle off public inquiries about the safety of their planes. This usage, dating from about 1600, also appears in the oft-quoted shuffle off this mortal coil, from Shakespeare's Hamlet (3:1), where it means "become freed from the turmoil of life," that is, "die."
2. Move away reluctantly, dragging one's feet, as in The prisoners shuffled off to their work detail. [Late 1500s]
See also: off, shuffle

lost in the shuffle

mainly AMERICAN
If someone or something gets lost in the shuffle, nobody notices them or pays them any attention. A lot of great bands are lost in the shuffle as the record companies try to get the widest market possible. It is quite possible that campaign finance reform will get lost in the shuffle of White House priorities. Note: When packs of cards are properly shuffled (= mixed), it is impossible to know where a particular card is.
See also: lost, shuffle

shuffle off this mortal coil

die. literary
Shuffle off this mortal coil is a quotation from Shakespeare 's Hamlet. This mortal coil is sometimes used independently to mean ‘the fact or state of being alive’, with the suggestion that this is a troublesome state, since coil retains here its archaic sense of ‘turmoil’.
1986 Dudley Moore Off-Beat He was just one of a number of distinguished composers who have shuffled off their mortal coil in a variety of unusual ways.
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this

be (or get) lost in the shuffle

be overlooked or missed in a confused or crowded situation. North American informal
See also: lost, shuffle

shuffle the cards

change policy or direction.
See also: card, shuffle

lose somebody/something in the ˈshuffle

(American English) (usually used in the passive) not notice somebody/something or pay attention to somebody/something because of a confusing situation: She was so busy at work, her marriage was getting lost in the shuffle.We feel that if schools are too big, it’s easy for a student to be lost in the shuffle.

shuffle off this mortal ˈcoil

(old-fashioned or humorous) die: They believe that when they shuffle off this mortal coil their souls will become stars.This expression comes from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this

shuffle off

v.
1. To go with short sliding steps, without or barely lifting the feet: The sleepy children shuffled off to bed.
2. To leave; depart: Toward the end of the evening, the guests shuffled off one by one.
3. To rid oneself of something; dispose of or relocate something: I have not been able to shuffle off my embarrassment. The computer program automatically shuffles the outdated files off to another disk.
4. To evade or shirk something, such as a responsibility: He shuffled off his responsibilities and went to the beach. She shuffled her work off onto others because she wasn't feeling well.
See also: off, shuffle

shuffle off this mortal coil

Die. This phrase that appears in Hamlet combines the archaic meaning of two words. “Shuffle” meant “rid,” while “coil” meant “troubles.” As Shakespeare put it, “What dreams may come / When we have shuffled off this mortal coil / Must give us pause.”
See also: coil, mortal, off, shuffle, this
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