Definition of shaft verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

shaft

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ʃɑːft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæft//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shaft
BrE BrE//ʃɑːft//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæft//
 
he / she / it shafts
BrE BrE//ʃɑːfts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ʃæfts//
 
past simple shafted
BrE BrE//ˈʃɑːftɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæftɪd//
 
past participle shafted
BrE BrE//ˈʃɑːftɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæftɪd//
 
-ing form shafting
BrE BrE//ˈʃɑːftɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃæftɪŋ//
 
 
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shaft somebody (informal) to treat somebody unfairly or cheat them Word Origin Old English scæft, sceaft ‘handle, pole’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaft, German Schaft, and perhaps also to sceptre. Early senses of the verb (late Middle English) were ‘fit with a handle’ and ‘send out shafts of light’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shaft