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shake the pagoda tree

dated To obtain or earn money very quickly and readily, especially in colonial India during its time as part of the British Empire. A pun referencing the pagoda, a gold coin formerly issued in various dynasties of southern India, and the Plumeria rubra, a deciduous plant commonly called the "pagoda tree." By securing illegal inside deals with politicians and local business authorities, Sir Fleetwood looked to shake the pagoda tree for everything it was worth.
See also: shake, tree

shake hands with the unemployed

slang Of a man, to urinate. Primarily heard in Australia. I'll be right back, I have to shake hands with the unemployed.
See also: hand, shake

shake in (one's) shoes

To be very nervous or afraid, often visibly so. That poor kid is shaking in his shoes up there on stage. I may seem confident when I'm leading a training seminar, but I'm really shaking in my shoes most of the time.
See also: shake, shoe

shake like an aspen leaf

To tremble. Aspen leaves have long, flat stalks that are easily blown by the wind. I may seem confident when I'm leading a training seminar, but I'm really shaking like an aspen leaf most of the time. It's so cold in here that the poor girl is shaking like an aspen leaf.
See also: leaf, like, shake

shake on it

To confirm an agreement with someone by shaking hands. I can't believe he broke his promise to me after we shook on it and everything! I agree to the terms of this deal, so let's shake on it.
See also: on, shake

all shook up

slang Rattled, agitated, or excited, usually after a specific incident or event. We were all shook up after hearing gunshots so close to our house. He just got a foreclosure notice, so he's all shook up right now. I'm all shook up over this beautiful new girl in my class.
See also: all, shook, up


slang Frightened, startled, or upset. Similar in usage to "shook-up." Ooh, the season finale of that show had me shook! I hope my favorite character doesn't die.

*all shook up

Sl. excited; disturbed and upset. (See also shook up.) (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) She stole my heart, and I'm all shook up. They were all shook up after the accident.
See also: all, shook, up

shook up

upset; shocked. (See also all shook up.) Relax, man! Don't get shook up! I always get shook up when I see a bad accident.
See also: shook, up

all shook up

Greatly disturbed or upset, as in His letter left her all shook up. This slangy idiom uses shook instead of the grammatically correct "shaken" (for "agitated") and adds all for emphasis. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: all, shook, up

(all) shook up

mod. excited; disturbed; upset. They were pretty shook up after the accident.
See also: all, shook, up

shook up

See also: shook, up
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Records indicate that seismic stations located on hard rock in this region also shook harder than normal for a magnitude 7.
The unusually intense waves shook only those stations located 50 to 100 km fromt he epicenter -- exactly the region where critical reflections theoretically should reach the surface, according to their calculations.
As in the 1906 quake, areas on landfills and soft soil shook the hardest.
The "Nova" hour, titled "The Day the Earth Shook," compares and contrasts the quakes that occurred a year apart on opposite sides of the world and were of similar magnitude - Northridge measured 6.