Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

shake-up

[sheyk-uhp]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. a thorough change in a business, department, or the like, as by dismissals, demotions, etc.
Show More

Origin of shake-up

First recorded in 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase shake up
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shake-up

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Every shake-up we have somebody wants to fire him, or pension him off.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • There had indeed been a “shake-up” on the nine the day of the game.

    Baseball Joe at Yale

    Lester Chadwick

  • "It can't be quite the same after so universal a shake-up," I objected.

    Sonia Married

    Stephen McKenna

  • Rather a shake-up, though, and I was dizzy with the heat before.

  • "There's been a shake-up in our combination," he remarked casually to Fyfe.

    Big Timber

    Bertrand W. Sinclair


Word Origin and History for shake-up

n.

also shakeup, "reorganization," 1899, from verbal phrase, from shake (v.) + up (adv.).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper