- To remove (something attached to, on or clinging to an object) by shaking.
- The archaeologists shook off the dust that had fallen from the roof, and promptly continued their work.
- To dissociate oneself from (an allegation or rumour).
- Some rumors that the governor had smoked pot as a teenager were flying around, but he has finally managed to shake them off.
- To lose someone who is tracking you
- The police are chasing us! Quick, turn into that side street! We've got to shake them off.
- To rid oneself of a malady or its symptoms
- I just can't shake off this cold.