shaft

shaft
shaft [shaft, shäft]
n.
[ME schaft < OE sceaft, akin to Ger schaft < IE base * (s)kap-, to cut with a sharp tool > SHAVE, Gr skapos, rod, L scapus, shaft, stalk]
1.
a) the long stem or body of an arrow or spear
b) an arrow or spear
2. a missile or something that seems to be hurled like a missile; bolt [shafts of lightning, derision, etc.]
3. a cone or column of light; ray; beam
4. a long, slender part or object; specif.,
a) Rare the trunk of a tree or stem of a plant
b) the stem or rib of a feather
c) the midsection of a long bone
d) the supporting stem of a branched candlestick
e) a column or obelisk; also, the main, usually cylindrical, part between the ends of a column or pillar; verge: see COLUMN
f) a flagpole
g) a tall, slender building or part of a building; spire
h) a handle, as on some tools or implements
i) either of the two poles between which an animal is harnessed to a vehicle; thill: see HARNESS
j) a bar, usually cylindrical, for supporting or transmitting motion to a wheel, pulley, gear, cam, etc. [the drive shaft of an engine]
5. a long, narrow, vertical or slanting passage sunk into the earth [a mine shaft]
6. a vertical opening passing through the floors of a building, as for an elevator
7. a conduit for air, as used in heating and ventilating
vt.
Slang to cheat, trick, exploit, etc.
to cheat, trick, exploit, etc.
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get the shaft
Slang to be cheated, tricked, etc.
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give someone the shaft
Slang to cheat or trick someone

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