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can't shake

can't shake

Date: Jun 23 2011

Quote

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“There’s a great part of Captain Jack in me. Basically, I can’t shake him.”

- Johnny Depp, talking about his famous Pirates of the Caribbean role. (Us Weekly)

Definition

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can’t get away from; can’t escape

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Johnny Depp has had a lot of roles in his life, but he may be most well known for playing Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The fourth movie in the series, On Stranger Tides, just came out, and Depp says he can’t shake his pirate alter-ego.

But why would Johnny want to shake Jack Sparrow? He isn’t talking about picking him up and physically moving him back and forth. He isn’t talking about disturbing him emotionally, either. Those are both meanings of the verb “shake.” But in this case, Depp is using the word in a different sense.

When someone says he can’t shake something, it means he can’t escape it or get rid of it. Johnny Depp can’t shake Jack Sparrow, meaning he can’t get away from his own character. In some way, the character is a part of him. They’ll always be mates.

Is there anything that you can’t shake right now? Have you ever had an annoying person in your life who you couldn’t shake, no matter how hard you tried?

Examples

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“I can’t shake this bad feeling I’ve had all week.”

“I wish my little brother would leave me alone, but I can’t shake him.”

“Kobe Bryant can’t shake his reputation as a bad boy.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Talia Do In this case that means 'can not get rid of' him.
by Talia Do
cubi1604 Can't get rid of
by cubi1604
can't get rid of him/it
by Bitten by an Arab bug
xin7 He can't get rid of Jack
by xin7

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Comments

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mickee85

mickee85

Philippines

When I feel miserable, I can’t shake the negative thoughts I have in my mind. How I wish I could get rid of it.

07:08 AM Jul 14 2011 |

maxiaobin201314

China

i can shake my bad habbit.i am bored of it

02:22 AM Jun 27 2011 |

trailo_hathanh

Viet Nam

I can’t shake the thinking about making love with her all day.

09:27 PM Jun 23 2011 |

mimz_carmi

mimz_carmi

Canada

I can’t shake my true feelings with him. i’ve better tell him the truth than continously keeping itSmile

08:36 PM Jun 23 2011 |

maggy123Super Member!

Thailand

You can’t shake him out.

07:15 PM Jun 23 2011 |

Shymaa

Shymaa

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

i can’t shake my anger and jealousy

01:57 PM Jun 23 2011 |

Maria del Alba

Spain

I can’t shake my philosophy issues off my mind!

01:39 PM Jun 23 2011 |

postaav

postaav

Egypt

I cannot shake a person who annoyed me all the time  

01:20 PM Jun 23 2011 |

Shymaa

Shymaa

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

get rid of , dispose or be away from….

12:42 PM Jun 23 2011 |

anges491

anges491

Russian Federation

People usually have a hard time shaking their bad habits.

05:46 AM Jun 23 2011 |

Snazz De

Snazz De

United Kingdom

i hate that i am a christian but i can’t shake the Almighty God off my heart….

04:57 AM Jun 23 2011 |

Jib_fbk

Jib_fbk

Thailand

I can’t shake u,my bf~

11:15 PM Jun 22 2011 |

dangthaibinh

United States

I hate my job and my love but now I can’t shake all of themCry

08:37 PM Jun 22 2011 |

dearpesar

dearpesar

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i’m so addicted in englishbaby, i can’t shake itCool

08:26 PM Jun 22 2011 |

dkattleya

dkattleya

Indonesia

Can’t shake the misery i’ve had since 10 years agoCry

06:35 PM Jun 22 2011 |

telapas

telapas

Thailand

no I have nothing to change in myself Johnny Depp just playing in his role but he can never be captain Jack Sparrow in the real life

06:00 PM Jun 22 2011 |

Julissita

Julissita

Peru

I can’t shake my admiration and love for Johnny DeppEmbarassedLaughing  

05:08 PM Jun 22 2011 |

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