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American English: /ʃənt/
British English: /ʃʌnt/

Translation of shunt in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (Railways)
    cambiar de vía
  • 2 (move, divert) (+ adverb complement) he was shunted into the B team
    lo relegaron al equipo B
    they shunted him off to the Rocha office
    se lo quitaron de en medio mandándolo a la oficina de Rocha
    they shunted us from one window to another
    nos mandaban de una ventanilla a la otra
    Example sentences
    • As the second vehicle was shunted to the side of the road, officers saw Smith apparently waving a weapon.
    • Travellers are shunted into sites that are like urban slums, only without the amenities.
    • Other cases have seen thieves shunt a vehicle and confront the owner after they leave their car to inspect the damage.
    Example sentences
    • For far too long now, the youths have had the feeling of having been shunted into the position of secondary citizens.
    • But he'd been shunted into staff jobs instead of command positions in World War II.
    • After the merger of her company, Anna, a divorced mother, finds herself suddenly removed from her old position and shunted about, even humiliated.

intransitive verb

  • (+ adverb complement) the buses shunt to and fro between the airport and the town
    los autobuses van y vienen del aeropuerto a la ciudad
    Example sentences
    • At Steeton railway station at a quarter to five on the morning of October 11, 1943, the Leeds-Edinburgh express collided with a freight train being shunted into a siding.
    • Special trains were shunted into the sidings about twice a week with building materials for the aerodrome which was being built then.
    • The train was shunted onto a siding and wreckage was strewn along 200 yards of track.


  • 1 1.1 (Railways) (no plural)
    Example sentences
    • The countless mini-roundabouts popping up where there just simply isn't room for a roundabout is another danger, increasing the number of small shunts & bumps.
    1.2 (crash) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • There were a number of near accidents and shunts after the work was completed because vehicles were unable to stop.
    • There was heavy traffic on Sunday because the weather was good and a lot of people were going up to the Dales, but the traffic kept moving, there were no shunts or near accidents.
    • Keighley traffic police reported that although there were a number of minor shunts, there had been no serious accidents.
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