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shake (someone or something) off

To rid or free oneself from someone or something that one finds aggravating, upsetting, or annoying. My little brother has been following me around all day; I need to shake him off. He had a hard time shaking off the feeling that Jane was cheating on him.
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shake (something) off

1. To shake something in order to get something off of it. I had to shake off the old tarp to get the bugs and dirt off of it.
2. To dislodge or get rid of something by shaking. He tried to shake the tic off him, but it had dug itself into his skin. Don't shake the mud off inside—go out in the back yard and do it!
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shake someone or something off

Fig. to get rid of someone; to get free of someone who is bothering you. Stop bothering me! What do I have to do to shake you off? I wish I could shake off John. He's such a pest!
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shake something off

to get rid of something that is on one by shaking. (See also shake a disease or illness off.) I tried to shake the spider off. The dog shook off the blanket Billy had put on him.
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shake off

Free oneself or get rid of something or someone, as in I've had a hard time shaking off this cold, or She forged ahead, shaking off all the other runners. It is also put as give someone the shake, as in We managed to give our pursuers the shake. The first term dates from the late 1300s; the slangy variant dates from the second half of the 1800s.
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shake off

1. To shake something so as to dislodge what is on it: We shook off the picnic blanket to get rid of the grasshoppers. I picked up the beach towel and shook it off.
2. To get rid of something by shaking: The dog climbed out of the creek and shook off the water. I shook the snow off my jacket and hung it up.
3. To free oneself of something; get rid of something: We shook off our fear and proceeded into the dark cave. The injured player shook the pain off and continued to play.
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