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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: shake /ʃeɪk/ 
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pluralshakes
  1. 1
    the action of shaking
    give something a shake:

    John grabbed the gift and gave it a shake.

    a shake of the head (=movement of your head from side to side in order to say no to something):

    "No," Mrs. Callison said with a firm shake of the head.

  2. 4

    the shakes

    informal uncontrolled quick movements of your body that you make because, for example, you are sick, nervous, or have drunk too much alcohol
    have/get the shakes:

    She got a bad case of the shakes before the show.

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