shake-up

noun \ ˈshāk-ˌəp \

Definition of shake-up

: an act or instance of shaking up; specifically : an extensive and often drastic reorganization

First Known Use of shake-up

1847

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shake up

verb

Definition of shake up

1 obsolete : chide, scold
2 : to jar by or as if by a physical shock
  • the collision shook up both drivers
3 : to effect an extensive and often drastic reorganization of

Examples of shake up in a Sentence

  1. the news that we had failed the auto inspection shook us up

First Known Use of shake up

1538

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHAKE-UP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of shake-up for English Language Learners

  • : an important change or series of changes in the way a company or other organization is organized or run



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