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[sheyk-uhp] /ˈʃeɪkˌʌp/
a thorough change in a business, department, or the like, as by dismissals, demotions, etc.
Origin of shake-up
1900-05; noun use of verb phrase shake up Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shake-up
  • 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.
  • Now, with the arrival of a wave of new entrants, the chances of a real shake-up in high-street banking seem to be growing.
  • Solving them will require a creative shake-up of the old way of doing things.
  • In its current guise, the great market shake-up may in fact do little to spark new capacity.
British Dictionary definitions for shake-up

shake up

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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shake-up



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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