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noun [countable] shake pronunciation in British English /ʃeɪk/
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  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 ill, 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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