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coil around (someone or something)

To twist around someone or something. A reflexive pronoun can be used between "coil" and "around." The explorer froze when he felt the snake coil itself around his leg. That vine is now coiling around the tree—is there any way I can move it?
See also: around, coil

coil up

To curl oneself or something into a small, compact position. A noun or pronoun can be used between "coil" and "up." The snake coiled itself up and began hissing at us. Coil up that hose when you're done with it.
See also: coil, up

coil up into (something)

To curl oneself or something into a certain shape. A noun or pronoun can be used between "coil" and "up." Unfortunately, the yarn in this basket is all coiled up into a ball—it'll take some time to untangle it.
See also: coil, up

shuffle off

1. Literally, to leave or depart while dragging or sliding one's feet. The child shuffled off after being scolded by his parents. We all shuffled off back to our desks after the lunch break ended.
2. To leave or depart, especially slowly, gradually, or reluctantly. The party carried on into the night, and people didn't start shuffling off until nearly dawn. The student shuffled off dejectedly out of class after finding out she'd gotten a D on her test.
3. To dispose, get rid, or divest oneself of something, especially in a hasty or evasive manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shuffle" and "off", in which case it is usually followed by "(on)to (someone or something)." The politician has been shuffling off his investments in the company to avoid public perception of corruption. We've been shuffling these tasks off to our smaller teams to allow our bigger teams to focus on our more important projects.
4. To avoid, evade, or neglect something, especially some duty or responsibility. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shuffle" and "off", in which case it is usually followed by "(on)to (someone or something)." We all shuffled off classes for the day and took the train out to Coney Island. It came to light that Bill had been shuffling his reports off onto his secretary so that he could go out drinking.
See also: off, 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

coil (itself) around someone or something

[for something or an animal] to wrap itself around someone or something. The monkey's tail coiled itself around the branch. The huge python coiled around poor Roger.
See also: around, coil

coil (itself) up

[for something] to wrap or roll itself into a coil. The snake coiled itself up, trying to hide. It coiled up, ready to strike.
See also: coil, up

coil (itself) up into something

[for something] to wrap or twist itself into a particular shape. The frightened snaked coiled itself up into a knot. The spring coiled up into its original shape.
See also: coil, up

coil something up

to roll or twist something into a coil. Maria coiled the strip of stamps up and put them in the little dispenser. Please coil up the rope.
See also: coil, up

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
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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
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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.
See also: off, shuffle
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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The simplest and most conventional method of building with coils is to lay them concentrically one after the other, but where the laying of coils goes beyond this, as is the case with integrated coiled pottery, coiling technique becomes rather complex.
Hardy, M (2006) Coiling, London: A&C Publishers Limited.
The investigators reviewed the records of 263 adult patients (200 women and 63 men) who underwent either emergent or elective intracranial endovascular coiling for aneurysm treatment between July 2006 and June 2009.
A headache developed following coiling in 189 (72%) patients.
Postprocedural headaches were significantly more likely to occur among patients who experienced headaches prior to undergoing endovascular coiling, regardless of the length of time they had had them, the review found.
"Excessive diagnostic testing is often obtained in patients with prior intracranial endovascular coiling. Results are frequently low yield and may lead to unnecessary risks and costs," Dr.
Signs of abnormal coiling, such as oligohydramnios, and abnormal fetal heart rate may be indications for cesarean delivery.
That's because abnormal cord coiling causes many cases of stillbirth."
Abnormal cord coiling probably acts synergistically with other factors in causing fetal morbidity and mortality, including thrombophilia, funisitis, meconium cord damage, nuchal cord, and velamentous cord.
During and after a birth, physicians should note the condition of the cord--whether it is under- or overcoiled, and whether there are signs of stenosis, Double clamp and cut the cord right after fetal delivery to prevent changes in coiling. Dr.
Stenting and secondary coiling of intracranial internal carotid artery aneurysm: Technical case report.
A study published by the journal Lancet in 2002 revealed that there was a 23 percent relative risk reduction, or 7 percent absolute risk reduction, in death and disability at the end of one year in patients receiving coiling compared to clipping, illustrating the benefits of coil embolization over open brain surgery.
Clinicians also welcomed the IPAC recommendations on endovascular coiling. "Coil embolization offers patients with a ruptured aneurysm a safer and less- invasive treatment with an improved chance of recovery for a condition that could easily be fatal," said Anil Gholkar, M.D., consultant neuroradiologist, of the Regional Neurosciences Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
Because the coiling process can leave the pipe slightly oval and curved and because the coil contains stored energy, special equipment is needed to handle LDCPE.