One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- past of shake
1shook upEmotionally or physically disturbed; upset.‘she looks pretty shook up from the letter’
- ‘She called out to her Dad, Jesse in a shook up voice.’
- ‘He was very shook up, but managing well - I would have expected no less from Pat's son.’
- ‘This uneven album is at times brilliantly psycho, yeah, but a healthy kind of psycho all shook up and diffused by the healing beat.’
- ‘The media are all shook up over Elvis Presley, whose legend seems only to grow in the years after his passing.’
- ‘The writer's body finds itself dismantled, brutalised, shook up, helpless, useless puppet, prey to disorganised ideas.’
- ‘I carefully stumbled down the cliff path, I was saw that Anna couldn't look while I was coming down she was obviously more shook up than we first thought.’
- ‘Christine admitted she was all shook up when she met Alan.’
- ‘We tumbled into the snow and I could tell he was a bit shook up.’
- ‘So there were people who felt too shook up and who were worried about what he was saying.’
- ‘I'm a little shook up about the whole thing and I need to go lie down and recover.’
- ‘Far from being tempted to doze at the wheel, they emerged from their vehicles wide-eyed and all shook up.’
- ‘Young children, I know the firefighters, the original responders, they are shook up.’
- ‘The others looked away from the window, slightly shook up at my words.’
- ‘The assaulted 20 year old woman was standing nearby in tears, still shook up and embarrassed after the incident.’
- ‘But Kenny was all shook up at the prospect of performing.’
- ‘Anyways, I called and told him this and he was really shook up.’
- ‘I think he was shook up and might have a bit of whiplash.’
2shook onNZ Australian Keen on; enthusiastic about.‘those stories you read about where two blokes get shook on the same sheila’
A set of components ready for assembly into a box or cask.
Late 18th century: of unknown origin.
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