give the shake

give (someone) the shake

To escape, slip away from, or rid oneself of someone. The burglar was able to give the police the shake by ducking into a series of back alleys.
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give (someone) the shake

Slang
To escape from or get rid of: We managed to give our pursuers the shake.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He may have been playing up to the cameras at the pre-match press conference, but the thought of the world's best player and his Brazilian team-mates up against you is enough to give the shakes to any manager.