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shake-up

[sheyk-uhp] /ˈʃeɪkˌʌp/
noun
1.
a thorough change in a business, department, or the like, as by dismissals, demotions, etc.
Origin of shake-up
1900-1905
1900-05; noun use of verb phrase shake up
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shake up

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to shake or agitate in order to mix
2.
to reorganize drastically
3.
to stir or rouse
4.
to restore the shape of (a pillow, cushion, etc)
5.
(informal) to disturb or shock mentally or physically
noun
6.
(informal) a radical or drastic reorganization
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Word Origin and History for shake-up
n.

also shakeup, "reorganization," 1899, from verbal phrase, from shake (v.) + up (adv.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for shake-up

shake-up

noun

The reorganization of a working group, its methods, etc, usually including some dismissals: The remedy is a shake-up in the Bureau of the Budget (1899+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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