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on shaky ground

Questionable or lacking support, as of an idea. His hypothesis has been on shaky ground to since the beginning, so I'm not surprised that he couldn't prove it in the lab.
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shaky cam

A cinematographic technique in which the camera is operated by hand, as opposed to being fixed on a mount, resulting in a jerky, unstable image. This is done to emulate a first-person perspective or imitate what an ordinary person might have captured on a handheld camcorder in order to create a sense of immersion or heighten the sense of excitement, terror, urgency, etc. I'm really sick of the trend in recent horror movies to have the whole thing filmed in shaky cam. It isn't scary, it's just nauseating! It just felt like the shaky cam was a cheap way for the filmmakers to give the documentary a sense of authenticity. The director uses shaky cam to give the audience a glimpse into the protagonist's point of view during especially emotional scenes.
See also: cam, shaky

shaky camera

A cinematographic technique in which the camera is operated by hand, as opposed to being fixed on a mount, resulting in a jerky, unstable image. This is done to emulate a first-person perspective or imitate what an ordinary person might have captured on a handheld camcorder in order to create a sense of immersion or heighten the sense of excitement, terror, urgency, etc. I'm really sick of the trend in recent horror movies to have the whole thing filmed in shaky camera. It isn't scary, it's just nauseating! It just felt like the shaky camera was a cheap way for the filmmakers to give the documentary a sense of authenticity. The director uses shaky camera to give the audience a glimpse into the protagonist's point of view during especially emotional scenes.
See also: camera, shaky

on shaky ground

 and on dangerous ground
Fig. [of an idea or proposal] on an unstable or questionable foundation; [of an idea or proposal] founded on a risky premise. When you suggest that we are to blame, you are on shaky ground. There is no evidence that we are at fault. The case for relying solely on nuclear energy seems to be on dangerous ground.
See also: ground, on, shaky

shaky-cam

n. a camera, used mainly in advertisements and documentaries, that is shaken and moved constantly to create a sense of excitement, urgency, or crisis. We can’t afford much in the way of costumes for the sequence, so we will use the shaky-cam and shoot it in dim light.
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Few things in film are more dispiriting than the spectacle of very good actors giving very bad performances--and there's already a surfeit of onscreen gloom for viewers to contend with in "The Silent Storm." A sincerely but shakily conceived narrative debut for writer-helmer Corinna McFarlane, this uber-dour study of marital collapse casts Damian Lewis and Andrea Riseborough adrift as an ascetic Scottish minister and his browbeaten wife, yielding characterizations of such unchecked intensity as to steer the proceedings to the point of parody.
On balance beam, Maria Kharenkova performed shakily and fell forward on her dismount, and Daria Spiridonova fell on an aerial skill.
The writer uses the present tense currently fashionable among historians, sometimes rather shakily ('Brian had signed a movie contract ...
Once I'd shakily climbed the ladder and popped my head up through the hatch I knew this wasn't going to be a quick visit.
The hosts started the game shakily with scrappy play and errors disrupting the flow of the game.
The woman, who cannot be identified, broke down in the witness box and shakily took a drink of water before carrying on.
SMITH Lilian No Birthday card in the post, No glass to raise in a Birthday toast, No gift to buy and watch your face, As you pretend it's exactly to your taste, Just flowers to lay at your graveside, With words said shakily, Trying to hide, The emotions that are still very raw, For the wonderful Wife and Mam, We all adore.
Then, too, are the issues of plastic pollution in our oceans, the public health threats posed by toxic chemicals in our products and food supply and the increasing concerns of extreme weather events, invasive species and the wholesale loss of marine life and wildlife as our world shakily adjusts to rising global temperatures.
Between swigs of already familiar "Terry brandy", the Scouse harridan shakily improvises from the confines of her chintzy lounge, before morphing, via wig-change and false teeth implants, into Brenda, one of those deluded office femmes fatales to be universally avoided.
However, having the recall of a goldfish means that waking up with 'Find him, kill him' shakily inked upside down on your own thigh is hardly likely to achieve much aside from making your grief counsellor extremely anxious.
Reeling Aguilar reacted so shakily to being caught, Paisley could have won with two putts at the par five first play-off hole.
Replying to the tourists' 184 all out, the hosts began shakily by losing captain Andrew Strauss (3) and Jonathan Trott (4) cheaply on a rain-shortened day three.
Rock started shakily, bogeying the third before four successive birdies from the fifth put him back in charge.
The Royal Navy Search and Rescue team sent to recover his body were astonished to instead find him standing up at the bottom - albeit shakily - and consulting his map, trying to work out how to get back to his car.
It is needless to say that it is such an attitude of the ruling classes that pervades the entire social structure, and has brought us to the brink of ruin where we at present shakily stand.