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[sheyk-out] /ˈʃeɪkˌaʊt/
an elimination or winnowing out of some competing businesses, products, etc., as a result of intense competition in a market of declining sales or rising standards of quality.
a rapid decline in the values of certain securities sold in stock exchanges or the like.
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First recorded in 1890-95; noun use of verb phrase shake out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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also shake-out, "business upheaval," 1895, from verbal phrase; see shake (v.) + out (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A business upheaval, esp a reduction in the number of competitors in a field; a spate of failures and bankruptcies: The central event was a major shakeout and contraction of the Eurodollar market/ The recorded-music business is going through a significant shakeout (1895+)

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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