shake off

This page is about the phrasal verb shake off.

Meaning: to get rid of something that's causing you problems, such as a sickness, a fear, a bad image, a bad reputation, etc.

Synonym: throw off, get rid of

For example:

  • shake sth off I've had this cold for nearly two weeks and I just can't shake it off.

  • shake off sth James wants to shake off the image he has of being a bully and a tough guy.

Quick Quiz:

An actress I know is trying hard to shake off her reputation of being

a. easy to work with

b. difficult to work with

c. great fun to be with

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Contributor: Matt Errey