1. in sexual senses.
(a) [16C–1900s] an act of sexual intercourse.
(b) [mid–late 19C] a prostitute or kept woman.
2. [mid-19C] a disreputable man.
3. [mid-19C] (US) constr. with the, malaria.
4. as a form of entertainment.
(a) [mid-19C+] (US) a dance.
(b) [1930s+] (US black) a party at which the guests pay an admission fee to help pay the rent and pay for the refreshments.
(c) [1970s] a party.
5. [mid-19C+] a moment, a second.
6. [1910s+] in US Und. uses [abbr. shakedown n. (4)].
(a) blackmail, extortion, often from homosexuals.
(b) an arrest; a search by the police or prison guards.
7. [1900s] (US) constr. with the, an act of dismissal.
8. in drug uses [note dial. shake, the residue of grain after harvesting].
(a) [1970s+] marijuana, esp. the residue of a bag of cannabis after the smokeable buds are removed.
(b) [1980s] diluted cocaine.
9. [1980s+] (US campus) constr. with the, an undesirable person.
10. see fair shake n.
Pertaining to extortion
[1940s] (US Und.) a blackmailer.
[1900s–50s] (US Und.) an extortionist.
[1900s–30s] (US Und.) a gang of extortionists.
1. [1930s] of police, raiding, making arrests.
2. [1930s+] involved in extortion, usu. for a living.
[1920s+] (US Und.) to blackmail, to extort.
Pertaining to drugs
[2000s] (US drugs) a bag of second-rate marijuana.
[1990s+] (US drugs) to prepare a drug for injection by shaking a capsule in cold water so as to dissolve the pill and mix the two together (the usual method is to heat the drug/water solution); thus also as n.
[mid-19C] (UK Und.) promiscuous; spec. working as a prostitute.
[19C+] a moment, a very short time, also as interj. to request that a third party waits a brief time (see cite 1933).
see two shakes of a lamb’s tail phr.
[mid-19C+] a very short time; usu. with in..., meaning quickly, immediately.
SE in slang uses
[1950s] (US) looking for trouble.
[1970s+] (US black) a phr. called out by a man to a passing attractive woman (whose buttocks move as she walks).
[1960s+] an equal chance.
see separate entry.
[late 19C+] (US) to reject someone, to dismiss or get rid of someone, to leave or run off; often as ...cold shake, ...dead shake; thus get the shake, to be rejected.
[1900s] to abandon, to give up.
[early 19C+] something very good or admirable; usu. in negative no great shakes, not any great shakes etc.
the youngest child in a family.
[1940s] (US Und.) to pay a bribe.
[1970s+] bad luck.