shakeout

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noun shake·out \ ˈshāk-ˌau̇t \

Definition of shakeout

1 :the failure or retrenchment of a significant number of firms in the economy or a sector or an industry that usually results in a depressed market
2 :a period or process in which the relatively weak or unessential are eliminated

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First Known Use of shakeout

1895


shake out

verb

Definition of shake out

intransitive verb
:to prove to be in the end :turn out
  • wait to see how things shake out

Examples of shake out in a Sentence

  1. after hearing about all the elaborate planning, I can't wait to see how that wedding shakes out

First Known Use of shake out

1982

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