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"shuffle" in British English

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shuffleverb

uk   /ˈʃʌf.əl/  us   /ˈʃʌf.əl/
  • shuffle verb (WALK)

[I + adv/prep, T] to ​walk by ​pullingyourfeetslowly along the ​groundrather than ​lifting them: I ​love shuffling through the ​fallenleaves. He shuffled into the ​kitchen, ​leaning on his ​walkingstick. Don't shuffle ​your feet like that! Walk ​normally.
[I usually + adv/prep, T] to ​moveyourfeet or ​bottom around, while ​staying in the same ​place, ​especially because you are ​uncomfortable, ​nervous, or ​embarrassed: The woman in ​front of me ​kept shuffling around in her ​seat all the way through the ​performance. When I ​asked him where he'd been, he just ​looked at the ​ground and shuffled his ​feet.
  • shuffle verb (MOVE AROUND)

[T] to ​movesimilar things from one ​position or ​place to another, often to give an ​appearance of ​activity when nothing ​useful is being done: She shuffled her papersnervously on her ​desk. Many ​prisoners have to be shuffled around ​policestations because of ​prisonovercrowding.
Phrasal verbs

shufflenoun

uk   /ˈʃʌf.əl/  us   /ˈʃʌf.əl/
  • shuffle noun (MOVE AROUND)

[C] the ​act of ​moving things around from one ​position to another: She gave her ​papers a ​quick shuffle.
[C] mainly US (UK usually reshuffle) an ​occasion when the ​positions of ​people or things within a ​particulargroup are ​changed : We ​expect a ​Cabinet shuffle in the ​summer.
  • shuffle noun (CARDS)

[C] the ​act of ​mixing a set of ​playingcards before giving them out: Make ​sure you give the ​cards a good shuffle before you ​deal.
  • shuffle noun (MUSIC)

[U] a ​feature of an MP3player, ​mobilephone, etc. that ​playssongs in a randomorder: I put my ​iPod on shuffle and ​drovehome. a shuffle ​mode/​function
(Definition of shuffle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shuffle" in American English

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shuffleverb

 us   /ˈʃʌf·əl/
  • shuffle verb (WALK)

[I/T] to ​walk by ​slidingyourfeet, ​rather than ​lifting them as you ​step: [I always + adv/prep] Grandfather shuffled into the ​kitchen, ​leaning on his ​cane.
shuffle your feet
If you shuffle ​yourfeet, you move ​yourfeetslightly because you are ​uncomfortable or ​embarrassed: [T] When I ​asked where he’d been, he just ​stared at the ​ground and shuffled his ​feet.
  • shuffle verb (MOVE AROUND)

[T] to move things to different ​positions or into a different ​order: She shuffled ​papers on her ​desk as she ​waited for the ​phone to ​ring. The ​softwarelets you shuffle all of ​yoursongs or ​albums with a ​singleclick.

shufflenoun

 us   /ˈʃʌf·əl/
  • shuffle noun (WALK)

[U] the ​act of ​walking by ​slidingyourfeet: the shuffle of ​shoes on ​citysidewalks
  • shuffle noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] the ​act of ​moving things to different ​positions or into a different ​order: She gave her ​papers a ​quick shuffle.
[C] A shuffle is also a ​change in ​people or ​theirpositions in an ​organization: The top-level shuffle ​brought Groncki into the ​WhiteHouse.
(Definition of shuffle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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