Synonyms of shake in English:



  • 3 she stood in the hall and shook her umbrella I shook the sauce bottle
    jiggle, joggle, wave from side to side; agitate
    informal waggle
  • 6 the escalation in costs is certain to shake the confidence of private investors
    weaken, undermine, damage, impair, harm, hurt, injure, have a bad effect on; reduce, diminish, decrease, lessen
    the escalation in costs is certain to shake the confidence of private investors
    [Antonyms] strengthen


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shake a leg

informal hurry upget a move onbe quickspeed up informalget crackingget movingmake it snappystep on itstep on the gasrattle one's dagsBritish informalget one's skates onstir one's stumpsNorth American informalget a wiggle onSouth African informalput foot datedmake haste

shake someone off

Manville thought he had shaken off his pursuer get away fromescapeeludegive someone the slipleave behindthrow offthrow off the scentdodgeloseget rid ofrid oneself ofoutdistanceoutstripBritish informalget shot of

shake something off

he has shaken off his back trouble Simon has finally shaken off her pernicious influence recover fromget overget better afterget rid offree oneself fromloseBritish informalget shot ofsee the back ofNorth American informalshuck off

shake someone/something up

  • 2 he presented plans to shake up the legal profession
    reorganize, restructure, revolutionize, alter dramatically, make far-reaching changes in, transform, reform, overhaul, update; reshuffle
  • 3 I hired you because I thought you might shake the place up a bit
    put some life into, enliven, put some spark into, liven up, stir up, rouse, get going


in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)

informal I'll be back in two shakes in a momentin a secondin a flashin a minuteshortlyany minuteany minute nowin a short time(very) soonin an instantin the twinkling of an eyein (less than) no timein no time at allbefore you know itbefore longNorth Americanmomentarily informalin a jiffybefore you can say Jack Robinsonin the blink of an eyein a blinkin the wink of an eyein a winkbefore you can say knifeBritish informalin a tickin two ticksin a moNorth American informalin a snap

no great shakes

informal it's no great shakes as a piece of cinema
[Antonyms] exceptional
not very goodundistinguishedunmemorableforgettableunexceptionaluninspireduninspiringuninterestingindifferentunimpressivelacklustre informalnothing to write home aboutnothing to get excited aboutnothing specialnot up to muchNew Zealand informalhalf-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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