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1. An earthquake. That was one of the worst shakes we've had in years. Go check and make sure everything in the house is intact. The shake in Tokyo was so bad that it shut down the commuter trains for two days.
2. A very brief amount of time; an instant. A: "Tom, could you get me a breakdown of our expenses for the month?" B: "No problem, boss. I'll have it over to you in a shake."
3. A deal, bargain, or treatment. My dad came with me to make sure I was getting a fair shake on the used car. He's not a bad person deep down. He just got a bad shake in life.
4. A shortening of "milkshake." I'll have a burger, a side of fries, and a chocolate shake, please.

the shakes

Involuntarily trembling or shaking, as due to fear, anxiety, disease, or a reaction to (or withdrawal from) a substance, such as drugs or alcohol. I've been doing public speaking for nearly 10 years, but I still get the shakes when I have to get up in front of a packed auditorium. I'm trying to get sober and haven't had a drink in four days, but I've been having the shakes something fierce. My aunt has Parkinson's disease, and I know the shakes have made life really hard for her lately.
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n. the delirium tremens. I got the shakes again. That’s what I get for putting soda water in my whiskey.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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That houri, appearing, shakes him up in the usual manner and is charged by the old gentleman to remain near him.
George, who has been looking first at one of them and then at the other, as if he were demented, takes his venerable acquaintance by the throat on receiving this request, and dragging him upright in his chalr as easily as if he were a doll, appears in two minds whether or no to shake all future power of cushioning out of him and shake him into his grave.
Worse still, she neglected to make the old woman's bed properly, and forgot to shake it so that the feathers might fly about.
He did not playfully shake him, as was his wont, or murmur soft love curses; but he whispered in his ear.
Protein powder shakes once were consumed almost exclusively by professional body builders or gym rats looking to increase their muscle mass.
The shakes themselves kind of qualify as a full dessert.
Summary: Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] June 24 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Zago is an urban lifestyle beverage brand with a wide range of craft coffees, chais and shakes designed keeping taste, health and convenience in mind.
'The world has always been somewhat health-conscious in a way, but we still love cheeseburgers, shakes and fries.
Shakes! Yes, Shake Shack's Classic Hand-Spun Shakes are available on the menu, for only P190 each.
This Jeddah burger spot is not only known for its "burger customization" but also their larger than life shakes. You can make your own shake, or go for the Birthday Cake Shake (vanilla ice cream, cake mix and rainbow sprinkles) or the Banana Split Shake (vanilla ice cream, fruits, caramel and chocolate syrup).
FREAK shakes are next level milkshakes and are the next big thing in food and drink - literally.
In Glory, Texas, the walls are high to keep out the infected people, known as "shakes," who feed off of any living creature.
"When people think something is healthy, they don't psychologically process it that much and so the physiological factors take over," Mandel said."But when they think something is unhealthy, they're able to override their physical impulses." For the study, Mandel and her colleagues created two types of"protein" shakes that tasted the same and contained the same amount of protein and total calories.
Speciality shakes feature popular American candy brands such as: M&Ms, Kit Kat and Butterfinger.
Dubai: Exotic milk shakes - famously known as freak shakes - have come a long way since the first blends were served in the Australian capital Canberra.