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


shake up

verb

Definition of shake up

transitive verb
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


SHAKE-UP Defined for English Language Learners

shake-up

noun

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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