Definition of shake noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃeɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪk//
    Addiction, Being ill
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  1. 1  [countable, usually singular] an act of shaking something/somebody Give the bottle a good shake before opening. He dismissed the idea with a firm shake of his head (= turning it from side to side to mean ‘no’). She gave him a shake to wake him. see also handshake
  2. of body
  3. 2the shakes [plural] (informal) a physical condition in which you cannot stop your body from shaking because of fear, illness, or because you have drunk too much alcohol I always get the shakes before exams. See related entries: Addiction, Being ill
  4. drink
  5. 3 [countable] = milkshake a strawberry shake
  6. Word OriginOld English sc(e)acan (verb), of Germanic origin.Extra examples He gave himself a mental shake and got down to work. a rueful shake of the head Give the bottle a good shake. He dismissed the idea with a firm shake of his head.Idioms (informal) to be not very good, efficient, suitable, etc.
    (give somebody/get) a fair shake
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    (North American English, informal) (to give somebody/get) fair treatment that gives you the same chance as somebody else Are minority students getting a fair shake at college?
    in two shakes, in a couple of shakes
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    (informal) very soon We’ll be there in a couple of shakes.
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