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shake out

Slang definitions & phrases for shake out

shake out

verb phrase

To develop; come to fruition; eventuate; come out: Let's just wait and see how it shakes out (1990s+)

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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  • I directed the mate to shake out the fore squaresail and the fore topsail.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Mayo was assigned to the jigger-mast, and went aloft to shake out the topsail.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • And he tipped up the papers lightly, as if to shake out napoleons.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • They did wait, and after a while they heard the order to shake out the topsails.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • He put his napkin in his lap, careful to shake out all the folds.

    It Could Be Anything John Keith Laumer

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