shake - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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. 2
    the amount of liquid or powder that comes out of a container when you shake it once
    shake of:

    Add three shakes of garlic salt.

  3. 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.