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Houses shook as a bomb exploded in the neighborhood.
She was literally shaking with fear.
An earthquake shook a wide area of southern Italy last year.
Shake the dressing well before you put it on the salad.
"You're not listening!" she cried, shaking him.
She couldn't shake her fear of snakes.
The news shook financial markets worldwide.
Violent conflicts between tribes have shaken the region.
The boy's tragic death shook the entire community.
He was shaken and upset by the accident.
They ran into the alley, hoping to shake their pursuers.
"Nice to meet you," Larry said, shaking my hand.
The movie was so scary I was shaking in my boots.
Shake a leg! The bus leaves in 15 minutes!
Put on a sweater – you're shaking like a leaf!
Lance held his hand out and said, "Let's shake on it."
Nothing could shake Mary's confidence as an athlete.
"You had better be careful," Dad said, shaking his finger at me.
The two drivers began yelling and shaking their fists at each other.
My boss shook his head and I knew not to ask again.
She just smiled and shook her head as they sat and discussed hockey.
This is the American English definition of shake. View British English definition of shake.
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