noun Date: 1847 an act or instance of shaking up; specifically an extensive and often drastic reorganization

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  • shake-up — shake ups N COUNT: usu with supp, oft N of/in n A shake up is a major set of changes in an organization or a system. [JOURNALISM] The report proposed an unexpectedly radical shake up of the secondary education system... Doctors yesterday… …   English dictionary

  • shake up — (something) to cause big changes in a situation or organization. The company announced that it would shake up top management and cut 1,000 jobs. Every new boss likes to shake things up a bit when they take over …   New idioms dictionary

  • shake|up — or shake up «SHAYK UHP», noun. Informal. a sudden and complete change; drastic rearrangement, as of policy or personnel: »The mayor resigned during a shakeup in the government. My nerves…got another shakeup one which utterly unmanned me for a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shake up — [v] upset, unsettle agitate, break with past*, cause revolution*, churn up*, clean out, clean up, clear out, disturb, liquidate, make a clean sweep*, mix, overturn, purge, remove, reorganize, rid, shock, stir up, turn upside down*; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • shake up — ► shake up 1) rouse from lethargy or apathy. 2) make radical changes to (an institution or system). Main Entry: ↑shake …   English terms dictionary

  • shake-up — (also shake out) ► NOUN informal ▪ a radical reorganization …   English terms dictionary

  • shake up — (someone) to upset someone. The kids were pretty shaken up by the accident. Patrick s death shook me up pretty badly …   New idioms dictionary

  • shake-up — [shāk′up΄] n. 1. the act or an instance of shaking up ☆ 2. a reorganization of a drastic or extensive nature, as in policy or personnel …   English World dictionary

  • shake up — index agitate (perturb), churn, discompose, disturb, perturb Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • shake-up — noun count an important change in the way something such as a department or company is organized …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shake-up — shake′ up n. a thorough change of administration in an organization, department, or the like, as by dismissals or reassignments • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

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