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 Shaking Hands.Shallow. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Shaky.
 
Not steady; not in good health; not strictly upright; not well prepared for examination; doubtfully solvent. The allusion is to a table or chair out of order and shaky.   1
 


 Shaking Hands.Shallow. 

 
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