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[sheyk-uhp] /ˈʃeɪkˌʌp/
a thorough change in a business, department, or the like, as by dismissals, demotions, etc.
Origin of shake-up
First recorded in 1900-05; noun use of verb phrase shake up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You know the kind—one of these deadwood specimens that stand a show of gettin' the prunin' hook every time there's a shake-up.

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

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • Ranger would not go down slowly and the shake-up she received was unpleasant.

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

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

    Baseball Joe at Yale Lester Chadwick
  • "There's been a shake-up in our combination," he remarked casually to Fyfe.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • A recent reform wave in Chicago had caused a shake-up in the police department, most disturbing to the preying powers.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
Word Origin and History for shake-up

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for shake-up



The reorganization of a working group, its methods, etc, usually including some dismissals: The remedy is a shake-up in the Bureau of the Budget (1899+)

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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