shake tree

shake (one's) tree

To provoke or compel one into taking some sort of action or reform. I believe people are electing radical candidates like her because they want to shake the government's tree. The employees' strike certainly shook our tree a bit, so we've begun
See also: shake, tree

shake (someone's) tree

Slang
To arouse to action or reaction; disturb: "[He] so shook Hollywood's tree that ... all manner of ... people called me unsolicited to itemize his mistakes or praise his courage" (Tina Brown).
See also: shake, tree
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In one of the more unusual requests, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Ali Najafi asked children home from school to go outside and shake tree limbs so they wouldn't break under the weight of the snow.
Questions like this make me want to shake Tree out of his funk.
He added: "You're one of the lead dogs raising money in the party and you have to have street cred in the finance world so you can shake trees.
Intensity V means almost everybody feels the shaking indoors and outdoors and the earthquake is strong enough to wake up sleeping people, make doors swing, push dishes off the shelves and pictures off the walls and shake trees.
Gently shake trees to make sure the needles aren't falling off.
Severn Trent Water ranger Natalie Needham said: "We have got nets and things so we can shake trees and see what falls in the nets and then find out about the mini-beasts.
Growers shake trees so nuts fall onto a catching frame or canvas sheet.