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1With capital initials. A trademark for: a powdered seasoning in which meat, etc., may be coated prior to baking by being shaken in a bag supplied for the purpose. [Proprietary forms of the term include Shake & Bake, Shake and Bake (in the UK), Shake 'n Bake (in the US).]
2In extended use: something compared in some way to the product Shake 'n Bake, especially as being quick or simple to use or perform, or involving the physical act of shaking.
Informal. Designating or relating to something achieved in a quick, unsophisticated, or improvised manner (sometimes with reference to the physical act of shaking).
1with object To treat (a person) in a manner related in some way to the product Shake 'n Bake, especially with reference to speed or manipulation. Also (Sport): to distract or deceive (an opponent) by distracting him or her with rapid or unexpected movements.
2no object To behave in a manner related in some way to the product Shake 'n Bake, especially with reference to speed or movement. Also (Sport): to make rapid or unexpected movements in order to distract or deceive an opponent.
1960s; earliest use found in General Foods Annual Reports. From shake + 'n' + bake<br>1970s; earliest use found in The New York Times. From Shake 'n Bake.
Shake 'n Bake/ˈʃeɪk (ə)n ˈbeɪk/
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