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Shift – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the academic word list is:

shift (click for exercise)


  • The major form of this word is shift, although there is a more colloquial adjective shifty meaning untrustworthy
  • Shift is equally common as a verb or a noun
  • Perhaps its most common usage is to describe work in phrases such as:
shift work
night shift
late/early shift
graveyard shift (an idiom for the least popular shift – normally very early in the morning)
  • Other usages normally relate to the concept of change and common phrases include:
a paradigm shift
a shift in attitudes
to shift the blame or responsibility
to shift focus or attention onto something



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