Synonyms of shake in English:
5 it was the crazed look in his eyes that really shook her
upset, distress, disturb, unsettle, perturb, disconcert, discompose, disquiet, unnerve, trouble, take aback, throw off balance, agitate, fluster;
North American informal mess with someone's head
[Antonyms] soothe, reassure
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- 1in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)
- informal I'll be back in two shakesin a moment, in a second, in a flash, in a minute, shortly, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, (very) soon, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long;North American momentarilyinformal in a jiffy, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knifeBritish informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a moNorth American informal in a snap
- 2no great shakes
- informal it's no great shakes as a piece of cinema[Antonyms] exceptionalnot very good, undistinguished, unmemorable, forgettable, unexceptional, uninspired, uninspiring, uninteresting, indifferent, unimpressive, lacklustreinformal nothing to write home about, nothing to get excited about, nothing special, not up to muchNew Zealand informal half-pie
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shake, tremble, shiver, quiver, quake
Shake is the most general term ( buildings shook in Sacramento): the others denote shaking of various degrees of intensity, and when used of a person, indicate more often than shake that it results from weakness or emotion. Shake and quiver are the only ones that can be used transitively ( a severe earthquake shook the area).To tremble is to shake uncontrollably with slight, rapidly repeated movements. Trembling is especially associated with fear or weakness ( the boy spoke cockily, but his voice trembled | she held the letter with trembling hands).Shiver denotes a similar slight and uncontrollable shaking, but, unlike tremble, it can be used only of bodies and other physical objects, not, for example, of voices ( the spectators shivered and drew their coats firmly about them). Shivering is most commonly caused by cold or horror ( Katherine shivered and drew her coat more tightly round her | she shivered at the threat in his quiet voice).To quiver is to move lightly and rapidly and often results from strong emotion ( Anthea's eyelids quivered | ‘Don't you love me any more?’ I asked, quivering my bottom lip).To quake is to shake violently ( the rumbling vibrations set the whole valley quaking). Applied to people, quake indicates extreme fear and is typically used figuratively ( those words should have them quaking in their boots).
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