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adjective     shaky pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    feeling weak or unable to walk or move without shaking, for example because you are very sick
    1. a.
      not firm and likely to fall

      Be careful – the table is a bit shaky.

  2. 2
    lacking the knowledge or skill to do something well

    My French is pretty shaky.

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