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shuffle

verb uk   us   /ˈʃʌf.l̩/

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! Lift them properly. [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.

shuffle verb (MIX CARDS)

[I or T] to mix a set of playing cards without seeing their values before beginning a game, so that their order is not known to any of the players: It's your turn to shuffle the cards.
Phrasal verbs

shuffle

noun uk   us   /ˈʃʌf.l̩/

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 a reshuffle noun

shuffle noun (MIX CARDS)

[C] the act of mixing a set of playing cards before giving them out: Make sure you give the cards a good shuffle before you deal.

shuffle noun (WALK)

[S] a way of walking in which you pull your feet slowly along the ground rather than lifting them: He's got arthritis and walks with a shuffle.
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