shake (one's) head

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shake (one's) head

1. Literally, to rotate one's head back and forth (to the left and to the right) to indicate a negative response, disagreement, or disapproval. When I asked the little girl if she knew where her mommy was, she just shook her head. I see you back there shaking your head no. Is there something you disagree with?
2. To express confusion or bewilderment about something that has just happened or been revealed. This usage does not always indicate a literal movement of the head. When he abruptly exited the meeting without explanation, we all just sat there shaking our heads. Just shaking my head right now. What was that all about?
See also: head, shake

shake one's head

Express disapproval, dissent, or doubt, as in That announcement had us shaking our heads in dismay. This expression, which can be used both literally (for moving one's head from side to side) and figuratively, dates from about 1300.
See also: head, shake

shake your ˈhead

move your head from side to side as a way of saying ‘no’, or to show sadness, disagreement, disapproval, etc: She didn’t say anything — she just shook her head and sighed.
See also: head, shake
References in classic literature ?
It's the only change he takes,' said Mrs Chivery, shaking her head afresh.
Oh, no, we don't," said Anne, shaking her head gravely.
To which she only replies, shaking her head at the prostrate figure more amazedly than angrily, "Oh, you Jo, you Jo.
Coun Harrington admitted saying balderdash but denied using the word woman or telling her to stop shaking her head.
NEWBURY PARK -- Erika Ward stood with a pained expression on her face Wednesday night, shaking her head in disbelief.
We didn't have enough beds,'' Dee recalled, shaking her head in amused disbelief.