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shift /ʃɪft/
1 she shifted her position: CHANGE, alter, adjust, vary; modify, revise, reverse, retract; do a U-turn. ANTONYMS keep.
the cargo has shifted: MOVE, slide, slip, be displaced.
the wind shifted: VEER, alter, change, turn, swing round.

the southward shift of people: MOVEMENT, move, transference, transport, transposition, relocation.
a shift in public opinion: CHANGE, alteration, adjustment, amendment, variation, modification, revision, reversal, retraction, U-turn.
they worked three shifts: STINT, stretch, spell of work.
the night shift went home: WORKERS, crew, gang, team, squad, patrol.

make shift
do what one wants to do in spite of not having ideal conditions.
shift for oneself
manage as best one can without help.
shift one's ground
say or write something that contradicts something one has previously written or said.

Old English
sciftan ‘arrange, divide, apportion’, of Germanic origin; related to German schichten ‘to layer, stratify’.

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stride /strʌɪd/
verb (past strode /strəʊd/; past participle stridden /ˈstrɪd(ə)n/ )
1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] walk with long, decisive steps in a specified direction:
he strode across the road | figurative : striding confidently toward the future.
• [with object] walk about or along (a street or other place) with long, decisive steps:
a woman striding the cobbled streets.
2 [no object] (
stride across/over) cross (an obstacle) with one long step: by giving a little leap she could stride across like a grown-up.
• [with object] literary bestride:
new wealth enabled Britain to stride the world once more.

1 a long, decisive step:
he crossed the room in a couple of strides.
• [in singular] the length of a step or manner of taking steps in walking or running:
the horse shortened its stride | he followed her with an easy stride.
2 (usually strides) a step or stage in progress toward an aim:
great strides have been made toward equality.
• (one's stride) a good or regular rate of progress, especially after a slow or hesitant start:
after months of ineffective campaigning, he seems to have hit his stride.
3 [as modifier] denoting or relating to a rhythmic style of jazz piano playing in which the left hand alternately plays single bass notes on the downbeat and chords an octave higher on the upbeat:
a stride pianist.

break (one's) stride
slow or interrupt the pace at which one walks or moves.
match someone stride for stride
manage to keep up with a competitor.
take something in (one's) stride
deal with something difficult or unpleasant in a calm and accepting way:
we took each new disease in stride.

Old English
stride (noun) ‘single long step’, strīdan (verb) ‘stand or walk with the legs wide apart’, probably from a Germanic base meaning ‘strive, quarrel’; related to Dutch strijden ‘fight’ and German streiten ‘quarrel’.