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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

shake in (one's) boots

To tremble with fear. Often used sarcastically. My brother is so strong and scary-looking that people shake in their boots when he threatens them. Ooh, I'm really scared of you! I'm shaking in my boots, you frighten me so!
See also: boot, shake

shake the dust from (one's) feet

To forsake someone, something, or some place as an expression of rejection or as a means of seeking a new beginning. There comes a point in most people's lives when they feel get tired of their job and yearn to shake the dust from their feet. If you find that the people in your life are causing more negativity than positivity, it might be time to leave them behind and shake the dust from your feet.
See also: dust, feet, shake

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.
See also: foundation, of, shake

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 with laughter

To be consumed by uncontrollable laughter. Primarily heard in UK. We all shook with laughter when the professor accidentally swore during his lecture. My brother-in-law's wicked sense of humor has us shaking with laughter every time we hang out with him.
See also: laughter, shake

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.
See also: shaken, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

shake with laughter

Convulse with the humor of something, as in When asked if he was planning to give away the bride, he shook with laughter at the very thought . [Early 1700s]
See also: laughter, shake
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"Even from the very first trial, our subjects could also use the absence of noise in a shaken container to infer that food must be in the other, non-shaken container."
To calculate the contents of the shaken and stirred samples, a digital scale was used to measure how much water weight the solution gained, and a distilling hydrometer called a Proof and Tralle Hydrometer was used to measure proof.
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.
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.
When a drink that contains all booze is shaken, it is believed that the process "bruises" the drink by adding bitterness to it.
"On both occasions with Arsenal, in the top flight, myself and Arsene have shaken hands, and there was a lot going on between the clubs, particularly after what happened in the game at the Britannia last season."
New doubts about the accuracy of medical evidence said to point to so-called shaken baby syndrome were highlighted by researchers today.
A BABY of 11 weeks was probably shaken to death and had been badly shaken twice before he died, a doctor told a court yesterday.
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.
Clemons is alleged to have shaken the child with a force that equalled a fall from a first-floor window or a high speed traffic accident.
Research carried out by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children reveals that 200 babies are badly injured or killed in the UK every year after being violently shaken - and the figures are rising.
Over the past 150 years, sizable earthquakes (about magnitude 6.0 on the Richter scale) have shaken the town an average of once every 22 years.