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verb shake pronunciation in British English /ʃeɪk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshaking
past tenseshook
past participleshaken
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to make lots of quick small movements up and down, or side to side

    Houses shook as a bomb exploded in the neighbourhood.

    1. b.
      [transitive] to move something quickly up and down or side to side

      An earthquake shook a wide area of southern Italy last year.

      Shake the dressing well before you put it on the salad.

    2. c.
      [transitive] to hold someone and move them quickly in order to get their attention, or to wake them

      ‘You’re not listening!’ she cried, shaking him.

  2. 2



    shake off

    [transitive] to get rid of something bad such as a problem, illness, or fear

    She couldn’t shake her fear of snakes.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if your voice shakes, it sounds weak, nervous, or emotional

    His voice shook as he asked her to marry him.

  4. 5
    [transitive] to frighten someone, or to cause them to feel strong emotions

    The boy’s tragic death shook the entire community.

    He was shaken and upset by the accident.

  5. 6



    shake off

    [transitive] to escape from someone who is following or chasing you

    They ran into the alley, hoping to shake off their pursuers.



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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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