Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) uncertain, not steady and likely to fall
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    • shaky start/ground
  • Analysis
    The noun 'skaky' can mean to literally be shaky or trembling. 'Shaky' usually has a negative connotation as describing something or someone 'unreliable'. If something is 'shaky'  it can also refer to something being unsafe, unreliable or liable to break. "The economy was founded on shaky foundations." "That table looks a bit shaky, I wouldn't stand on it if I were you."  If you are sick and feeling weak you can tell someone you are feeling 'shaky'. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The team had a shaky start, but they turned things around and took home the Gold.
    2. They knew they were on shaky ground with their defence, but the legal team were determined to win.
    3. The boxer had taken quite a beating, and was looking a bit shaky on his feet.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. After the meeting, the agreement between the Supplier and the Manufacturer was less shaky. They had apparently resolved their differences.
    2. We're on shaky ground with this new product launch. The Beta-testing didn't produce the results we were hoping for.
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