I shuffle through the sheet music, avoiding tunes in keys with more than two sharps or flats, until I hit on “Old Shanghai.”
These traders—like John Paulson—just shuffle existing value from one entity to another; they don't build net value.
Is the HIV/AIDS pandemic getting lost in the shuffle of the newest disease of the week?
So successful, apparently, that the militants were able to pack up and shuffle right into a new region of the country.
This was not the shuffle of 1966 but the shuffle of an overweight former athlete in perfect health.
The next fault was soon committed, and his Majesty still continued to shuffle.
Well, if this particular deal had failed, he must shuffle the cards and deal again.
The men did not shuffle off alone but marched along the street shoulder to shoulder.
I am afraid in these last days that it may be lost in the shuffle.
If they are in a political movement, you know they will shuffle when the pinch of principle comes.
1530s, put together hastily," probably from Middle English shovelen "to move with dragging feet," itself probably a frequentative form of shoven (see shove (v.)). Or perhaps from Low German schuffeln "to walk clumsily, deal dishonestly."
Of playing cards, first recorded 1560s. Meaning "walk slowly without lifting the feet" is from 1570s. Meaning "push along gradually" is from 1560s. Meaning "move from one place to another" is from 1690s. Meaning "do a shuffle dance" is from 1818. Related: Shuffled; shuffling. Shuffle off "get rid of, dispose of" is from Shakespeare (1601).
1620s, "an evasion, trick;" 1640s, "a wavering or undecided course of behavior meant to deceive;" from shuffle (v.). Meaning "a slow, heavy, irregular manner of moving" is from 1847; that of "a dance in which the feet are shuffled" is from 1640s. Meaning "a change in the order of playing-cards" is from 1650s. Phrase lost in the shuffle is from 1930.