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shaft

noun  /ʃæft/ us  

shaft noun (POLE)

[C] a long pole or rod: Energy from the wheels turns the shafts and produces electricity. The feathers at the end of the arrow’s shaft help it travel in a straight line. Sliced beef was curled around a scallion shaft, then fried. [C] A shaft of light is a single beam.

shaft noun (PASSAGE)

[C] a long vertical or sloping passage through a building or through the ground: a mine shaft an elevator shaft The window looks out on an air shaft.

shaft noun (UNFAIR TREATMENT)

[U] slang bad or unfair treatment: Corporations pay almost nothing while taxpayers get the shaft.
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