a thorough change in a business, department, or the like, as by dismissals, demotions, etc.

1900–05; noun use of verb phrase shake up Unabridged
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shake-up definition

  1. n.
    a reorganization. : After a shake-up like the one we've just been through, everybody's a little upset.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Unfamiliar dinosaurs also have their role to play in this shake-up.
The plan promises to be the biggest shake-up of the space program since the
  glory days of the moon landings.
So suddenly a shake-up of the system for applying to university is once again
  proposed, this time by the body concerned.
The details of the shake-up are not known, except to company insiders.
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