Through some shifty maneuvering, I cut the line and managed to be one of the first ones in.
Whether you like or loathe the AMC mystery, you love Holder, the shifty cop played by Joel Kinnaman.
1560s, "able to manage for oneself, fertile in expedients," from shift (n.1) in secondary sense of "dodge, trick, artifice" + -y (2). Meaning "habitually using dishonest methods, characterized by trickery" first recorded 1837. In a sense "prone to shifting," of the wind, used from 1884. Related: Shiftily; shiftiness.