This one’s a bit shook.

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Hi all,

I wonder if any of you can tell from the context the meaning of the word "shook"? I came across it while I was reading William Trevor's Faith at Faith :

"Would you rev the engine for me?" he suggested, opening the bonnet when he'd finished at the petrol pump. "Give her the full throttle, sir? The old carburetor in this one's a bit shook. Ease her down now, sir, till we'll take a look."

Thank you.

  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    Or out of adjustment (which is a form of malfunctioning but a carburetor is designed to be adjusted so I would call it a lesser level of malfunctioning)
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