1. To cause someone else to become responsible for some burden or unpleasant undertaking. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shift" and "off." Often followed by "on someone." We're the youngest team in the office, so everyone shifts off the worst jobs on us. This is your problem to deal with. You can't just shift it off on someone else.
2. obsolete To delay, defer, or postpone some task or responsibility. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shift" and "off." The court will not allow us to shift off these proceedings any further.
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