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Naming his favourite players to capture on screen, he said, 'You have to love the blistering pace of a Bryan Habana, the shiftiness of a Shane Williams or the punishing hits of a Serge Betsen.
When Elizabeth Costello writes on her blank page words which are uncertain, susceptible to change, words which could very well be other words, and then reads them to a body of academics, or students, passengers on a cruise ship, or a panel of judges, the 'conflict without encounter' between firmness, timelessness or law and fickleness, shiftiness or singularity registers as a paradox.
Menace and general shiftiness are not the qualities we expect of the good doctor.
171) Willcox believed Director Sharma abused his authority "through pride of place, shiftiness, and arbitrary and dictatorial rule.
9) Throughout The Hamlet, his greatest resource is his mobility--at once his capacity for bodily movement and his discursive shiftiness, his sense of the provisional and revisional character of his stories and relations.
The longer it goes on the more tired the leaders look - giving an appearance of shiftiness which turns off floating voters.
It's not merely the mischievous subject matter or the cultivation of a persona: beneath those voluble surfaces lies something more volatile, an intense shiftiness of character whose movements often parallel the poet's search to discover what various poetic forms could offer him.
Why, as the constituencies of high modernity melt down into the neo-liberal holdall, does the shiftiness of language exasperate so many people, when the new truth should be plain for all to see?
The manifest signs of "shifting definitions of 'loving'," of a shiftiness consistent with Lowry's "ironic handling of the Good Samaritan theme," so Tift goes on to argue, point to "an ambivalence that can hardly be ignored" (47).
As a lawyer I have never witnessed such shiftiness, evasion and fudging as we have had from some of the civil servants at the Fraser Inquiry.
This shiftiness of the second person was already exploited as early as Sterne's Tristram Shandy, with its addressees singular and plural, male and female, peer and commoner, critic and amateur.