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shaken up

Greatly startled, shocked, or upset. I was very shaken up after the car accident. I couldn't even speak properly to the police for about an hour. I remained shaken up for most of the day after hearing about my grandfather's death.
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shake the foundations of (something)

To impact something in a way that affects its very essence, especially concerning its values or beliefs. The death of her son shook the foundations of her beliefs. The election of the outsider candidate shook the foundations of the party, and led to a lot of soul-searching among its members.
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shake the lead out

To do something at a faster pace. (Lead is a very heavy metal.) Come on, these papers won't copy themselves—shake the lead out, fellas!
See also: lead, out, shake

shake a/the habit

1. slang To overcome an addiction, typically to drugs. It took gum, patches, and counseling, but I've finally shaken the habit—no more cigarettes. Unfortunately, the nature of addiction means that shaking the habit isn't as simple as just wanting to stop.
2. To stop any kind of habitual behavior. I had a hard time shaking the habit of snoozing my alarm every morning.
See also: habit, shake
References in periodicals archive ?
The temperature of the shaken drink was found to be 29 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the stirred cocktail measured only 38.
The average time it took for the shaken babies to get to the emergency department was 1 day.
According to Lips, the vast majority of babies who are shaken suffer long-term damage as a result.
Consultants in Leeds say they were seeing a "sudden, unexplained, increase in cases of babies being shaken.
At the Spice Island Inn, guests sip on a SPICE ISLAND WHITE ROSE: 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of lime juice, the white of 1 egg, 1 ounce of orange juice and 1 ounce sugar syrup, shaken well and poured into a highball glass, garnished with a lime wedge.
BABY Joshua Osborne who allegedly died at the hands of his childminder showed the classic signs of being shaken, an expert said yesterday.
Experiments by Nagel, Jaeger, and their collaborators in the early 1990s revealed that granular materials in a shaken cylinder undergo a convective flow, rising at the middle and falling at the sides (SN: 6/26/93, p.
0 on the Richter scale) have shaken the town an average of once every 22 years.
An appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a young Lancaster man who was sentenced to 46 years to life in prison for the death of his girlfriend's toddler son, who authorities say died from being violently shaken.
Suspected shaken baby cases are "not a condition which can be diagnosed", a British expert said last night.
This time, when bursts of light flash, an interesting thing happens behind the closed refrigerator door: The animal tenses its foot -- without being shaken.