Definition of shufti in English:

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shufti

Pronunciation: /ˈʃʊfti/

noun (plural shuftis)

British informal
A look or reconnoitre, especially a quick one: I’ll take a shufti round the wood while I’m about it
More example sentences
  • Even those uneducated in the merits of various leagues would require only a quick shufti at the Nationwide First Division table to know the Premiership is the place everyone wants to be.
  • A quick shufti through his bank accounts should clear all this up.
  • Hospital staff had a shufti and sent Stevens on his way with a quick ‘go home and keep an eye on it’.

Origin

1940s (originally military slang): from Arabic šāfa 'try to see'.

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