1. in physiological senses.
(a) (also prickshaft) the penis [note blaxploitation films of the 1970s, starring macho private eye ‘John Shaft’].
|Scourge of Folly 160: Many Archers do as good, and pricke with Shaftes as low.|
|Whore in Works II 107: [She] Abides the brunt of many a prickshaft shot.|
|Match at Midnight II i: moll: What a suiter have I got, I am sorry you are so bad an Archer sir. eare.: Why Bird, why Bird? moll.: Why, to shoote at Buts, when you shou’d use prick-shafts, short shooting will loose ye the game.|
|‘On Luce Morgan’ in(1969) 378: A friar’s shaft she lacked alone, Because in England here was none. At last some vestal fire she stole Which never went out in her hole, And with that zealous fire being burned, Unto the Romish faith she turned, And therein died.|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 72: It is a Shaft of Cupid’s cut. ’Twill serve to Rove, to Prick, to Butt; There’s never a Maid, but by her will Will keep it in her Quiver still.|
|Crim.-Con. Gaz. 6 Apr. 107/3: Question and Answer [...] Why do the poets so much extol Cupid for his shaft, being but a boy?|
|Lustful Memoirs of a Young and Passionated Girl 41: He overcame her resistance and that hard and shining shaft was again buried completely in her body.|
|Harrad Experiment 109: Her snatch must be made of gold. I want to stick my shaft in her little gold mine.|
|(con. 1945) Tattoo (1977) 401: She trailed her fingertips along his hard shaft.|
|Blue Boy (Miami) Aug./Sept. in Jay & Young (1979) 137: Only what turns one on is important. A slightly elongated nipple, a nine-inch shaft.‘Sexual Anarchy’ in|
|Maledicta III:2 232: He [i.e. the homosexual male] also may or may not know the following words and expressions: [...] give him the shaft.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 332: I slide my hand up and down my hardened shaft.|
|🌐 I could feel her belly tightening beneath me as I slammed my shaft in and out of her snatch, slickly lubricated with her own lust.‘Chickenhawk’ at www.cultdeadcow.com|
(b) (US) a (woman’s) leg.
|Order of the Beggar's Benison and Merryland (1892) 31: Dinner Sentiments [...] Instructions in Riding ‘[...] secure your seat in the saddle, and then try posting between a pair of shafts’.|
|Wise-crack Dict. 5/1: Bum shaft – Bad leg.|
|Your Broadway & Mine 15 Nov. [synd. col.] [The] paper [...] referred to the femme shaft [...] as a ‘limb’.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Shaft, a woman’s leg.|
|On Broadway 21 Mar. [synd. col.] Ann Sheridan is credited by her studio as having the prettiest shafts of any lassie in Hollywood.|
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 76: That excited filly had some pair of shafts, hey, Noodles?|
(c) (US) a woman’s body, considered simply as a sexual object.
|Call It Sleep (1977) 411: Every time I sees a pretty cunt come walkin’ up de street, I says, wit’ a mean shaft an’ a sweet pair o’ knockers, Jesus, O’Toole, I says, dere’s a mare I’d radder lay den lay on.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 43: A shaft like that wasted on a clown like Drunkie John.|
2. (orig. US) unfair treatment; often as the shaft.
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 236: ‘I’ve been thinking.’ ‘Write me a hundred words about that—that’s a front-page item,’ said the city editor. ‘I’ve been thinking,’ said the Girdler, side-stepping the shaft.‘Ten Dollars’ Worth’ in|
|AS XXXIX:2 116: It becomes more common in college to indicate an unfair arrangement (raw deal, shaft).‘Problems in the Study of Campus Sl.’ in|
|CUSS 192: […] Shaft, give him the Reject someone for membership in a club, frat., etc.et al.|
|AS L:1/2 54: shaft ‘unfair treatment’.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Maledicta 1 Summer 14: Someone who is prone to cheat or compete unfairly [...] gives you the shaft, or shafts you.|
|Cops are Robbers 120: [H]e knew as well as I that the force wanted to give me the shaft.|
3. (US) a single thrust of sexual intercourse.
|Cunning Linguist (1973) 152: She began to babble delightedly as each shaft tapped her mine of gushers.|
4. a contemptible person.
|Observer 31 May 🌐 ‘I think he’s [i.e. D. Cummings] a shaft but I also think the level of hysteria has been insane’.|
an example of unfair treatment.
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 154: He took over Welfare Fraud. It was a demotion and a shaft job.‘The D.A.’ in|
a cheat, a deceiver.
|Maledicta 1 Summer 14: Someone who is prone to cheat or compete unfairly is now known as a shaftsman or shaft-artist.|
1. to be treated unfairly or harshly.
|(con. 1950) Band of Brothers 256: Maybe it ain’t none of my business, but I hate to see a guy gettin’ the shaft.|
|AS XXXIV:2 155: The loser gets the shaft [...], the purple shaft, or the maroon harpoon, depending upon the degree of injury to his pride.‘Gator Sl.’|
|My Lovely Executioner (2006) 126: He’s gonna get the shaft so he takes it out on me.|
|CUSS 192: Shaft, get the Do poorly on something. Treated unfairly on an exam.et al.|
|Union Dues (1978) 230: Puglisi gets a pat on the back [...] we get the shaft.|
|Patriot Game (1985) 112: Because he’s so goddamned convinced that he is getting the shaft, he is going to get the shaft.|
|About Face (1991) 120: One night after he got his usual shaft, he blew up.|
|38 North Yankee 2540: We’re all in the same boat. We’re all getting the royal shaft.|
|Barbarians at the Gate 424: ‘We got the shaft, Charlie,’ he complained to Hugel that day. [...] ‘I just think we got the shaft.’.|
2. to dismiss from a job.
|‘In the Neighborhood’ in ThugLit Dec. [ebook] He’d gotten the shaft at the warehouse, shitcanned without so much as a [...] handshake.|
|Songs Comic and Satyrical 11: For Cupid’s Pantheon, the Shaft of Delight / Must spring from the Masculine Base.‘The Picture’ in|
see under sink v.