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shake sb/sth off

verb uk phrasal verb with shake   /ʃeɪk/ (shook, shaken) us  
to get away from someone or something that will not stop following you: He drove through the red lights in an attempt to shake off the police car that was chasing him. informal to beat an opponent, or to free yourself from someone or something that is limiting you: I have no doubt that we will be able to shake off the challenge from our rivals.
Translations of “shake sb/sth off”
in Chinese (Traditional) 擺脫,甩掉(跟蹤者), 打敗, 擺脫…
in Chinese (Simplified) 摆脱,甩掉(跟踪者), 打败, 摆脱…
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