ADJ. brisk, good, vigorous Give the tablecloth a good shake before putting it away. | little, slight | mental He gave himself a mental shake and got down to work. | rueful a rueful shake of the head
VERB + SHAKE give sb/sth
PREP. with a ~ | ~ of
PHRASES a shake of your/the head
1 of a person/building
ADV. badly, uncontrollably, violently Her hands were shaking so badly that she couldn't hold her glass. | almost He was almost shaking with the intensity of what he was saying. | fairly (informal) Natalie fairly shook with laughter. | literally, physically I was numb with dread. I was literally shaking.
PREP. with She was shaking with rage.
PHRASES be shaking all over He was crying and shaking all over. | be shaking like a leaf, find yourself/start shaking I found myself shaking uncontrollably with cold. | stop shaking I just couldn't stop shaking.
ADV. roughly, vigorously, violently He shook the blankets vigorously to get rid of the dust. She must have shaken the baby quite violently to inflict such severe injuries. | gently, slightly | well Shake well before use. (instructions on a bottle of medicine, etc.) | suddenly | physically
PREP. by He shook her gently by the shoulders.
3 your head
ADV. decisively, emphatically, firmly | fiercely, vehemently, vigorously, violently, wildly | a little, gently, slightly | quickly | slowly | dismissively, impatiently | despairingly, desperately, dismally, gloomily, helplessly, miserably, mournfully, regretfully, ruefully, sadly, sorrowfully | wearily | disbelievingly, doubtfully, wonderingly | just, merely, only, simply He merely shook his head. | from side to side
PREP. at He shook his head at her disbelievingly. | in She shook her head in disbelief.
4 sb's hand
ADV. firmly, vigorously | warmly
PHRASES shake sb by the hand Our host shook each of us warmly by the hand. PHRASAL VERBS shake sb/sth off
ADV. completely, fully | quickly | easily He had not easily shaken Claudine off. | off
VERB + SHAKE can't/couldn't (seem to) I can't seem to shake off this cold. | seem to | try to