shake off = get rid of something, make something bad go away
- I can't shake this cold off. I have been ill for almost two weeks.
- If you want to shake this cough off, drink a lot of liquids, juice, water, anything.
- I can't shake off this thought that he might have lied to me.
- Let's go out together. I want to shake off this depression.
- You can't shake this fever off. Just go to the doctor.
- He can't just shake off his bad reputation like that. People don't forget easily.
- I want to shake off the image of the naive girl that people can take advantage of.
cover up = hide the truth about something
- They tried to cover up the scandal.
- You can't cover up your past.
- They lied to everyone and covered the whole thing up for years.
- He made an error at work and tried to cover it up.
- If I make a mistake please cover up for me and I 'll try to fix it later.
- He didn't steal the painting himself but he is covering up for somebody. He knows who did it and he is not talking.
- I am always covering up for you. Why can't you be here on time before the boss arrives?