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  • n. Plural form of shaking.
  • n. The sweepings from a ship's deck; the refuse of cordage, canvas, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deck sweepings, refuse of cordage, canvas, etc.


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  • The name "Irish Pennant" is given, on the _lucus-a-non_ principle, (just as a dead calm is "an Irish hurricane, straight up and down,") to any dangling end of rope or stray bit of "shakings," and its appropriateness to the following sketches will doubtless be perceived by the reader, on reaching the end.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • After a few good "shakings" they begin to take a nip or two to put heart into them before they go out, and after a while they have to increase the dose.

    Three Elephant Power and Other Stories

  • These "shakings," we are asked to believe, were due partly to custom and partly to boredom caused by lack of leave.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-01-14

  • Still, homeopaths do not use a new substance for each new patient, and will use the same substances very consistently when confronted with intoxications or poisonings, with preparations that contain, after numerous succusions (or "shakings") and dilutions of a given substance, infinitesimally small doses of the substance (or none of it).

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • "shakings," and rubbish from vessels, must turn their bags wrong side out before the police, ere they are allowed to go outside the walls.

    Redburn. His First Voyage

  • Other than the shilling and constant head shakings and shoulder shrugs that reminded me of a 1980s sitcom where people would recount Ellison's outrageous behavior, throw up their hands and say "Oh, that Harlan."

    In which I quasi-review "Dreams with Sharp Teeth" the Harlan Ellison Documentary

  • It's one of those twee, child-centric works that sift through the last shakings of the postmodernist bag for ways to enliven their inch-deep whimsy and fathomless solipsism – crapulous, cod-Vonnegut cutesiness being Foer's weakness – and often presume an intimacy with grave and terrible events, the better to drape themselves in the mantle of importance.

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close gleams with Oscar worthiness

  • There were many of us in the various secret services of the Oligarchy, and despite the shakings-up and reorganizations the secret services have undergone, they have never been able to weed all of us out.

    Chapter 22: The Chicago Commune

  • Beyond shakings of heads and dark mutterings, I can get nothing out of Wada or the steward.


  • Heredity, age, diabetes, high blood pressure, Downs syndrome, head injuries - particularly brain reiterated shakings, less than 6-8 years of education.

    Alzheimer��s disease.


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