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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]
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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 The computer program automatically shuffles the outdated files off to another disk.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.
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It will very quickly shuffle off this mortal coil, it will join the heavenly choir, it will be a dead snail.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a firm advocate of organ donation and when I eventually shuffle off this mortal coil the doctors can strip me of what they like.
Lullaby of Broadway, About a Quarter to Nine, Shuffle off to Buffalo, I Only Have Eyes for You, for instance - not to mention 42nd Street itself.
This is the legacy Bush and Blair will leave their countries when they finally shuffle off.
Naturally not one of them has been sacked - they just shuffle off into other jobs.
When you shuffle off to the shops in your Adidas trainers mind you don't trip and break your hip.
Planning for that fateful day when you shuffle off your mortal coil may be morbid, but it will make your family awfully grateful when you've gone.
I imagine there are many now hoping - and working quietly to ensure - that it all takes just slightly longer than it takes them to shuffle off this mortal coil.
I cannot shuffle off this mortal coil and not stand for an election.
When I shuffle off his mortal coil, And I'm done with life'sweary battle.
So it was an embarrassed shuffle off to the dictionary.
Along the way it takes in well-known songs such as Lullaby of Broadway, We're in the Money, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, Keep Young and Beautiful, 42nd Street and I Only Have Eyes for You.
Fran Hubbard, of the Spa Theatre Company, says: "With musical gems such as The Lullaby of Broadway, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, You're Getting to be a Habit With Me and We're in the Money - plus tap routines to take your breath away - 42nd Street is the ultimate all-signing, all-dancing, putting on a show musical.
As long as ineffective managers can shuffle off the blame to those at the bottom of the pile and then shuffle off themselves to ever higher-paid jobs, the gravestones will multiply.
Why must we wait until individuals shuffle off this mortal coil before we pay tribute?