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make shift

old fashioned To cope or manage to do something without all the resources that one would ideally like to have. Often followed by "with" or "without," depending on the context of the sentence. We don't have all the spices we need for this recipe, but since the weather is so bad, we're just going to have to make shift with what we have. Since I forgot to pick up milk on the way home, I guess we're just going to have to make shift without it. When I was growing up, we didn't have a lot of money, but we made shift.
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make shift

do what you want to do in spite of not having ideal conditions; get along somehow.
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Third, by eliminating that year, we are able to display a narrower band from 28,000 to 40,000 rials per dollar, thus making shifts in the rate much clearer than when the chart ran from zero to 40,000.
Some people regard the breakdown of political Islamism as a threat to Islam, which is possibly aiming at making shifts in the internal and external conflicts and hiding their failure in the national and democratic agendas.
The Cuban government began making shifts in its legislation and its planned economy to get some businesses off its books," Mike Beall, president/CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association/Cooperative League of the United States of America, said.
Moreover, making shifts in current myopic conversations about gender to a more global or international context, especially embracing non-Euro/Anglo points of view, are also much needed in LIS education.
looking at past performance) and prescribe remedies remarkably similar to those of their medieval counterparts: purgation or bloodletting (firing managers and making shifts in asset allocation).
It's a process of making shifts and making better choices every day.