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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 pulling your feet slowly along the ground rather than lifting them: I love shuffling through the fallen leaves. He shuffled into the kitchen, leaning on his walking stick. Don't shuffle your feet like that! Walk normally.
[I usually + adv/prep, T] to move your feet 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 move similar things from one position or place to another, often to give an appearance of activity when nothing useful is being done: She shuffled her papers nervously on her desk. Many prisoners have to be shuffled around police stations because of prison overcrowding.
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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 particular group are changed : We expect a Cabinet shuffle in the summer.
  • shuffle noun (MUSIC)

[U] a feature of an MP3 player, mobile phone, etc. that plays songs in a random order: I put my iPod on shuffle and drove home. 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 sliding your feet, 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 your feet, you move your feet slightly 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 software lets you shuffle all of your songs or albums with a single click.

shufflenoun

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

[U] the act of walking by sliding your feet: the shuffle of shoes on city sidewalks
  • 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 their positions in an organization: The top-level shuffle brought Groncki into the White House.
(Definition of shuffle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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