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shaky

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishshakyshak‧y /ˈʃeɪki/ ●○○ adjective 🔊 🔊 1 WEAKweak and unsteady because of old age, illness, or shock 🔊 a shaky voice 🔊 Grandad was a little shaky on his feet (=not able to walk very well).see thesaurus at weak2 UNCERTAINnot sure about the exact details of something, or not likely to be completely right 🔊 My knowledge of history is a little shaky. 🔊 shaky evidence3 BALANCEnot firm or steady syn unstable 🔊 shaky foundationsshakily adverbshakiness noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpus
shakyEven after the long months of therapy Owen was still very shaky.A: The calves are shaky.But most agreed, too, that the foundations of the show were shaky.The evidence is shaky, at best.When she saw where I was sitting she pushed her hands in her coat pockets and ambled over on her shaky heels.a shaky ladderAfter both Millie and joseph were dead, Lally would write to my grandmother in her shaky old hand.Her grandfather was a little shaky on his feet after the fall.By far the shakiest part of the calculation is the average mutation rate.a shaky relationshipThe baby's taken her first few shaky steps.Not because they made bad or greedy investments, and lost all their money in shaky stock deals.He seemed more concerned to break than maintain the shaky truce existing between him and his father.The Nottinghamshire opening partnership of left handers kept up the pressure on a shaky Worcestershire attack.
From Longman Business Dictionaryshakyshak‧y /ˈʃeɪki/ adjective not definite or firm, and likely to failThe market began a shaky recovery.After a shaky start at the beginning of the decade, the economy began to grow fast.
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