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1 shake /ˈʃeɪk/ verb
shakes; shook /ˈʃʊk/ ; shaken /ˈʃeɪkən/ ; shaking
1 shake
/ˈʃeɪk/
verb
shakes; shook /ˈʃʊk/ ; shaken /ˈʃeɪkən/ ; shaking
Learner's definition of SHAKE
: to move sometimes violently back and forth or up and down with short, quick movements
[no object]
[+ object]
[no object] : to move or have parts of your body move in short, quick movements and in a way that you are not able to control
[+ object] : to free yourself from (someone or something) : to get away from or get rid of (someone or something)
sometimes + off
[+ object] : to cause (a belief, feeling, etc.) to become weaker
[+ object] : to cause (someone) to feel fear, anxiety, shock, etc. see also shake up 1 (below)
[+ object] : to force (something) out of something by shaking
: to grasp (someone's hand) with your hand and move it up and down when you are meeting or saying goodbye to each other or as a sign of friendship or agreement
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object] of your voice : to produce sound in an unsteady way because you are nervous, angry, sad, etc.

more than you can shake a stick at

chiefly US, informal
: more than you can count

shake a leg

informal
: to move or go quickly often used as a command

shake down

[phrasal verb] US, informal
shake (someone) down or shake down (someone) : to get money from (someone) by using deception or threats
shake (someone or something) down or shake down (someone or something) : to search (someone or something) thoroughly

shake out

[phrasal verb]
informal : to happen or end in a particular way
shake (something) out or shake out (something) : to shake (something) back and forth or up and down in order to remove dirt, wrinkles, etc., from it

shake up

[phrasal verb]
shake (someone) up or shake up (someone) : to upset (someone) : to shock or frighten (someone)
see also 1shake 4 (above)
shake (something) up or shake up (something) : to make many changes in (something, such as a company or organization)
see also shake-up

shake your head

: to turn your head from side to side as a way of answering “no” or of showing disagreement or refusal
2 shake /ˈʃeɪk/ noun
plural shakes
2 shake
/ˈʃeɪk/
noun
plural shakes
Learner's definition of SHAKE
[count] : a short, quick movement back and forth or up and down
the shakes informal : a condition in which parts of your body move in a way that you are not able to control

a fair shake

informal
: a fair deal : fair treatment

in two shakes

informal
: very quickly or soon

no great shakes

informal
: not very good or skillful at something
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