To shake hands
Shake Shake, v. t. [imp. {Shook}; p. p. {Shaken}, ({Shook}, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaking}.] [OE. shaken, schaken, AS. scacan, sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. [root]161. Cf. {Shock}, v.] 1. To cause to move with quick or violent vibrations; to move rapidly one way and the other; to make to tremble or shiver; to agitate. [1913 Webster]

As a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. --Rev. vi. 13. [1913 Webster]

Ascend my chariot; guide the rapid wheels That shake heaven's basis. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To move from firmness; to weaken the stability of; to cause to waver; to impair the resolution of. [1913 Webster]

When his doctrines grew too strong to be shook by his enemies, they persecuted his reputation. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Thy equal fear that my firm faith and love Can by his fraud be shaken or seduced. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Mus.) To give a tremulous tone to; to trill; as, to shake a note in music. [1913 Webster]

4. To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion; to rid one's self of; -- generally with an adverb, as off, out, etc.; as, to shake fruit down from a tree. [1913 Webster]

Shake off the golden slumber of repose. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

'Tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I could scarcely shake him out of my company. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

{To shake a cask} (Naut.), to knock a cask to pieces and pack the staves.

{To shake hands}, to perform the customary act of civility by clasping and moving hands, as an expression of greeting, farewell, good will, agreement, etc.

{To shake out a reef} (Naut.), to untile the reef points and spread more canvas.

{To shake the bells}. See under {Bell}.

{To shake the sails} (Naut.), to luff up in the wind, causing the sails to shiver. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]


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  • To shake a cask — Shake Shake, v. t. [imp. {Shook}; p. p. {Shaken}, ({Shook}, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaking}.] [OE. shaken, schaken, AS. scacan, sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. [root]161. Cf. {Shock}, v.] 1. To cause to move… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To shake out a reef — Shake Shake, v. t. [imp. {Shook}; p. p. {Shaken}, ({Shook}, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaking}.] [OE. shaken, schaken, AS. scacan, sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. [root]161. Cf. {Shock}, v.] 1. To cause to move… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To shake the bells — Shake Shake, v. t. [imp. {Shook}; p. p. {Shaken}, ({Shook}, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaking}.] [OE. shaken, schaken, AS. scacan, sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. [root]161. Cf. {Shock}, v.] 1. To cause to move… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To shake the sails — Shake Shake, v. t. [imp. {Shook}; p. p. {Shaken}, ({Shook}, obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaking}.] [OE. shaken, schaken, AS. scacan, sceacan; akin to Icel. & Sw. skaka, OS. skakan, to depart, to flee. [root]161. Cf. {Shock}, v.] 1. To cause to move… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shake hands — ► to hold someone s hand with one of your hands and move it up and down to greet someone or show that an agreement has been reached: shake hands with sb »He waited in the lobby to shake hands with prospective customers. »After signing the… …   Financial and business terms

  • shake hands — to greet or say goodbye by briefly joining hands with someone and moving them slightly up and down. On the way out, the president stopped to shake hands with many in the audience …   New idioms dictionary

  • To strike hands with — Strike Strike, v. t. [imp. {Struck}; p. p. {Struck}, {Stricken}({Stroock}, {Strucken}, Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Striking}. Struck is more commonly used in the p. p. than stricken.] [OE. striken to strike, proceed, flow, AS. str[=i]can to go,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shake hands — may refer to:* Handshake * Shake Hands with the Devil (book), a nonfiction book by a witness of the Rwandan genocide * , a documentary film based on the book * Shake Hands with the Devil (2006 film), a Canadian dramatic film based on the book *… …   Wikipedia

  • shake hands with — see under ↑shake • • • Main Entry: ↑hand shake hands with 1. To greet (someone) by clasping his or her hand usu with an up and down movement 2. To seal a bargain, acknowledge an agreement, settle differences, etc, with (someone) in this way • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • shake hands (with someone) — shake someone’s hand phrase to hold someone’s hand and move it up and down several times as a way of greeting them or of showing that you agree to something ‘Nice to meet you,’ Larry said, shaking my hand. Thesaurus: gestures used to say hello or …   Useful english dictionary

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