the shakes

Definition of the shakes

informal

  1. :  a condition in which parts of the body move uncontrollably He drank too much coffee and got a bad case of the shakes. The whole experience gave me the shakes.

Word by Word Definitions

shakeplay shakes
  1. :  to move irregularly to and fro

    :  to vibrate especially as the result of a blow or shock

    :  to tremble as a result of physical or emotional disturbance

  1. :  an act of shaking: such as

    :  an act of shaking hands

    :  an act of shaking oneself


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