shäft, n anything long and straight; a stem; an arrow; a missile (esp fig); the main, upright, straight, or cylindrical part of anything; the part of a cross below the arms; the part of a column between the base and the capital; the rachis of a feather; the thill of a carriage on either side of the horse; a straight handle; a pole; a ray or beam of light; a rotating rod that transmits motion; a well-like excavation or passage; the penis (coarse slang); a woman’s body (purely as sexual object) (US coarse slang). — vt to have sexual intercourse with (a woman) (coarse slang); to dupe, swindle, treat unfairly (slang). — adj shaft’ed. — n shaft’er or shaft’-horse a horse harnessed between shafts. — n shaft’ing the action of the verb in either sense; a system of shafts. — adj shaft’less. — make a shaft or a bolt of it to venture and take what comes of it, the shaft and the bolt being the arrows of the longbow and the crossbow respectively.
"Jack was gonna go and party with us. Apparently he's one pure sonofabitch and went out with his girlfriend. It was one unforgiven shaft of his"
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