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shake

2 noun
     
Related topics: Drink
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1 [countable] if you give something a shake, you move it up and down or from side to side:
Give the bottle a good shake before use.
He refused with a shake of the head (=a movement of the head from side to side to mean no).
2 [countable]DFD a cold drink made from milk, ice cream, and fruit or chocolate [= milkshake]:
a strawberry shake
3

the shakes

nervous shaking of your body caused by illness, fear, too much alcohol, not getting a drug you are dependent on etc:
If I don't smoke, I get the shakes.
4

in a couple of shakes/two shakes

informal very soon:
I'll be back in two shakes.
5

no great shakes

spoken not very skilful, or not very good:
He's no great shakes as a singer.
6

get/give somebody a fair shake

informal to get or give someone fair treatment

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