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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 The computer program automatically shuffles the outdated files off to another disk.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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I'm not suggesting we should all shuffle off our mortal coils when we reach a certain age"
When I shuffle off his mortal coil, And I'm done with life'sweary battle.
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.
When you shuffle off to the shops in your Adidas trainers mind you don't trip and break your hip.
It gives the hedgehogs a lifesaving warning so they can shuffle off the road before the vehicle arrives.
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.
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 cannot shuffle off this mortal coil and not stand for an election.
My heart goes out to her parents at this sad time, I can only hope when I shuffle off this mortal coil, I would show same
THE inability of Margaret Thatcher to attend the royal wedding due to ill health led to some speculation that she could soon shuffle off this mortal coil.
It will very quickly shuffle off this mortal coil, it will join the heavenly choir, it will be a dead snail.
Why must we wait until individuals shuffle off this mortal coil before we pay tribute?
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.
So it was an embarrassed shuffle off to the dictionary.