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shake

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of shake

  1. 1 a very small space of time <I'll be there in two shakes> Synonyms beat, eyeblink, flash, heartbeat, jiff, jiffy, minute, moment, nanosecond, New York minute, second, instant, split second, trice, twinkle, twinkling, winkRelated Words microsecond; snatch, spurtNear Antonyms aeon (or eon), age, eternity, forever; infinity, lifetime

  2. 2 shakes pl  a sense of panic or extreme nervousness <I get the shakes every time I hear her voice> Synonyms butterflies, dither, heebie-jeebies, jimjams, nerves, screaming meemies, shakes, shivers, whim-whams, williesRelated Words cold sweat, creeps, fidgets, goose bumps; agitation, anxiety, fear, hysteria, uneasiness; frazzle, nervous breakdown; edginess, jumpiness, skittishnessNear Antonyms aplomb, calm, composure, equanimity, imperturbability, self-possession, tranquillity (or tranquility)

  3. 3 a shaking of the earth <the shake was a modest 3.1 on the Richter scale> Synonyms quake, earthquake, temblor, tremorRelated Words aftershock, foreshock, shock; cataclysm, convulsion, upheaval; microearthquake, microseism, seaquake




shake

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of shake

  1. 1 to make a series of small irregular or violent movements <the bus rattled and shook as it barreled down a rutted road> Synonyms agitate, bucket, convulse, jerk, jiggle, joggle, jolt, jounce, judder [chiefly British], quake, quiver, shudder, vibrate, wobble (also wabble) Related Words rock, sway, swing; chatter, quaver, shiver, thrill, tremble; twitch; dodder, waver; flicker, fluctuate, flutter, oscillate, undulate, wave; beat, palpitate, pit-a-pat, pitter-patter, pulsate, pulse, throb

  2. 2 to get or keep away from (as a responsibility) through cleverness or trickery <we shook our pursuers by cutting through the abandoned lot> Synonyms avoid, dodge, duck, elude, eschew, evade, finesse, get around, scape, escape, shirk, shuffle (out of), shun, weasel (out of)Related Words miss; avert, deflect, divert, obviate, parry, prevent, ward (off); ban, bar, debar, eliminate, except, exclude, preclude, rule out; bypass, circumvent, skirt; foil, fox, frustrate, outfox, outsmart, outwit, overreach, thwartNear Antonyms accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incur




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