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give someone the shakes

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give someone the shakes

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To instill fear and trembling; intimidate: he's being paid $5.4 million by the New York Yankees to give opposing batters the shakes

[1940s+; the shakes, ''a fit of trembling fear,'' is found by 1837]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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