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over- +‎ shake


overshake (third-person singular simple present overshakes, present participle overshaking, simple past overshook, past participle overshaken)

  1. To shake too much.
    Always shake hands at a job interview, but try not to overshake.
  2. (obsolete) To shake over or away; to drive away; to disperse.
    • 1377, Chaucer, “v. 680”, in Parlement of Foules[1]:
      Now welcome, somer, with thy sonne softe, That hast thes wintres wedres over-shake, And driven away the longe nyghtes blake!