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1 a very small space of time
  • I'll be there in two shakes

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2 shakes plural a sense of panic or extreme nervousness
  • I get the shakes every time I hear her voice

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3 a shaking of the earth
  • the shake was a modest 3.1 on the Richter scale

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Synonyms & Antonyms of shake (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to make a series of small irregular or violent movements
  • the bus rattled and shook as it barreled down a rutted road

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2 to get or keep away from (as a responsibility) through cleverness or trickery
  • we shook our pursuers by cutting through the abandoned lot

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shake, agitate, rock, convulse mean to move up and down or to and fro with some violence. shake often carries a further implication of a particular purpose. shake well before using agitate suggests a violent and prolonged tossing or stirring. an ocean agitated by storms rock suggests a swinging or swaying motion resulting from violent impact or upheaval. the whole city was rocked by the explosion convulse suggests a violent pulling or wrenching as of a body in a paroxysm. spectators were convulsed with laughter

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The first known use of shake was before the 12th century

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“Shake.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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