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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.
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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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About half of all people who experience shakiness in their head, hands, or voice when doing simple tasks are unaware of family members with similar symptoms.
Signs of hypos include trembling or shakiness, sweating, difficulty concentrating and irrational behaviour.
Investors need to reduce risks and they don't want to hold yen short positions over the weekend due to speculation that China may revalue the yuan, as well as the euro's shakiness," said Kazuyuki Kato, treasury department manager at Mizuho Trust & Banking.
Very low glucose, calledAahypoglycemia, is a condition that poses risks for people with either form of diabetes, potentially causing shakiness, dizziness,Aaseizures,AacomaAaor even death.
The disease progresses to jerky movements, shakiness and stiffness of limbs, incontinence and the loss of the ability to move or speak.
And Hereford's best hope appeared to be the shakiness of home keeper Simon Eastwood.
With the recession, art and life don't always cooperate, and the shakiness of art institutions makes us all shaky.
I don't need to read to do business" the shakiness of claiming manhood when still a foot shorter than his mother jumps out at the reader almost as much as the ignorance revealed by his claim.
Abnormal skin sensations, joint pains, or weakness, shakiness, or fatigue affected seven patients (Table).
Choirs and orchestra attained level of balance for the whole if its 46 bars, though the orchestra exhibited a little shakiness just after the piece's choral crescendo, as if the chorus' dying fall were a little too heavy for it to bear.
Some patients continue to experience symptoms during treatment or develop new ones, such as heart palpitations, increased heart rate, irritability, shakiness, or headaches.
The symptoms of hypoglycaemia may include hunger, sweating, shakiness, palpitations, faintness, dizziness, nausea or a headache.
One of the reasons the Alltel situation and the shakiness of Acxiom during the past two years have been so troubling is that those are the two companies we have been able to point to as central Arkansas' "technology companies.
He could also have done more to show that he understood people's concerns over profiteering oil companies who have boosted pump prices while declaring record profits, the shakiness of the housing market, the pensions crisis and the credit crunch.