shake off

1) PHRASAL VERB If you shake off something that you do not want such as an illness or a bad habit, you manage to recover from it or get rid of it.

[V P n (not pron)] Businessmen are frantically trying to shake off the bad habits learned under six decades of a protected economy...

[V P n (not pron)] Get your body moving to boost energy, stay supple and shake off winter lethargy...

[V n P] He had difficulty in breathing and was generally feeling bad. He just couldn't shake it off.

2) PHRASAL VERB If you shake off someone who is following you, you manage to get away from them, for example by running faster than them.

[V n P] I caught him a lap later, and although I could pass him I could not shake him off...

[V P n (not pron)] It seems that he was unaware that they had shaken off their pursuers.

3) PHRASAL VERB If you shake off someone who is touching you, you move your arm or body sharply so that they are no longer touching you.

[V n P] He grabbed my arm. I shook him off...

[V P n (not pron)] She shook off his restraining hand.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • shake off — (something) to free yourself from something. Investors failed to shake off worries about the economy. As she was running, she felt a pain in her left leg, but she hoped to shake it off if she slowed up. Usage notes: usually said about something… …   New idioms dictionary

  • shake off — [v] lose by getting away clear, dislodge, drop, elude, get away from, get rid of, give the slip*, leave behind, remove, rid oneself of, throw off, unburden; concepts 102,195 Ant. appear, present …   New thesaurus

  • shake off — index dispel Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • shake off — verb 1. get rid of (Freq. 3) I couldn t shake the car that was following me • Syn: ↑shake, ↑throw off, ↑escape from • Hypernyms: ↑escape, ↑get away, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shake off — 1) I think we shook off that cop Syn: get away from, escape, elude, dodge, lose, leave behind, get rid of, give someone the slip, throw off the scent 2) she can t seem to shake off this virus Syn: recover from, get over; …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • shake off — {v.}, {informal} To get away from when followed; get rid of; escape from. * /A convict escaped from prison and shook off the officers trying to follow him./ * /Tom could not shake off his cold./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shake off — {v.}, {informal} To get away from when followed; get rid of; escape from. * /A convict escaped from prison and shook off the officers trying to follow him./ * /Tom could not shake off his cold./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shake\ off — v informal To get away from when followed; get rid of; escape from. A convict escaped from prison and shook off the officers trying to follow him. Tom could not shake off his cold …   Словарь американских идиом

  • shake off — phr verb Shake off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑injury, ↑jinx, ↑lethargy, ↑strain …   Collocations dictionary

  • shake off — get rid of (an illness) She has been unable to shake off her illness and can t come to the party …   Idioms and examples


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