Meaning of “shunt” in the English Dictionary

"shunt" in British English

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uk /ʃʌnt/ us /ʃʌnt/

shunt verb (TRAINS)

[ T ] to move a train or carriage onto a different track in or near a station using a special railway engine designed for this purpose

shunt verb (MOVE)

[ T usually + adv/prep ] to move someone or something from one place to another, usually because that person or thing is not wanted, and without considering any unpleasant effects:

I spent most of my childhood being shunted (about) between my parents who had divorced when I was five.
He shunts his kids off to a camp every summer.
Viewers are sick of their favourite sitcoms being shunted to later times to make way for live sports coverage.
noun [ C usually singular ] uk us

shuntnoun [ C ]

uk /ʃʌnt/ us /ʃʌnt/ specialized

shunt noun [ C ] (PASSAGE)

a hole or passage that allows liquid to move from one part of the body to another, either found naturally in the body or put into the body in an operation

(Definition of “shunt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shunt" in American English

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to move someone or something to the side or away:

Seals can shunt blood away from their skin to maintain body temperature.
You can’t just shunt your problems aside.

(Definition of “shunt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)