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Side tracked to a friendís very interesting Norfolk families. MORGAN, PRATT, HORNOR, SUCKLING, GLEANE etc. And in London DOWNES, du CROZ, MORGAN (same MORGANs as the Norwich lot)

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Re: What does "Have a shake" mean?
« Reply #10 on: Thursday 23 June 22 12:45 BST (UK) »
could it be a bit like 'shake a leg'?

which could be 'hurry up', 'get a move on' or possibly 'dance'.

The nature of the gathering or who the other attendees were might give more of a clue.

One of my grandmothers (from Yorkshire) would often say "get a shake on" when she meant to hurry up / get a move on
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Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
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Re: What does "Have a shake" mean?
« Reply #11 on: Thursday 23 June 22 14:08 BST (UK) »
In Scotland we used to say "put a shake on" meaning hurry up.
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Re: What does "Have a shake" mean?
« Reply #12 on: Thursday 23 June 22 14:26 BST (UK) »
Here you go Lisa

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WT19290513.2.33?items_per_page=10&phrase=2&query=Have+a+shake+said+Mrs+berry&snippet=true

thank you  :)

1929 - so perhaps it's a 'catchy phrase' of the era connected with the dances of the 1920s, either that or an exhortation to 'look lively'.

I don't really know, just thinking out loud  ;)


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Re: What does "Have a shake" mean?
« Reply #13 on: Thursday 23 June 22 14:33 BST (UK) »
Looking at the newspaper report, it was middle of May, so it would be winter. Maybe she was holding the door open for her guests when they left, and didn't want them to linger in the doorway and let too much cold air in.
Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
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Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott

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Re: What does "Have a shake" mean?
« Reply #14 on: Thursday 23 June 22 14:42 BST (UK) »
Looking at the newspaper report, it was middle of May, so it would be winter. Maybe she was holding the door open for her guests when they left, and didn't want them to linger in the doorway and let too much cold air in.

oh I like that  ;D

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Re: What does "Have a shake" mean?
« Reply #15 on: Friday 24 June 22 05:01 BST (UK) »
Thanks for everyone's help so far. I have been looking for the phrase in the BNA and also Trove - the Australian newspaper archive. Unfortunately the software often reads "have a share" as "have a shake".
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Re: What does "Have a shake" mean?
« Reply #16 on: Friday 24 June 22 06:39 BST (UK) »
Looking at the newspaper report, it was middle of May, so it would be winter. Maybe she was holding the door open for her guests when they left, and didn't want them to linger in the doorway and let too much cold air in.

oh I like that  ;D

That is what I thought ... perhaps it also meant give the body a shake, after all if they have been in a warm house, shaking your body up a bit before venturing outside in the cooler air in their winter coat. Just speculation :D

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Re: What does "Have a shake" mean?
« Reply #17 on: Friday 24 June 22 06:40 BST (UK) »
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