Origin of shake-up
Definition for shake up (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), shook, shak·en, shak·ing.
verb (used with object), shook, shak·en, shak·ing.
- to cause to descend by shaking; bring down.
- to cause to settle.
- to condition; test: to shake down a ship.
- Informal. to extort money from.
- Slang. to search (someone), especially to detect concealed weapons.
- to rid oneself of; reject.
- to get away from; leave behind.
- Baseball, Softball. (of a pitcher) to indicate rejection of (a sign by the catcher for a certain pitch) by shaking the head or motioning with the glove.
- to shake in order to mix or loosen.
- to upset; jar.
- to agitate mentally or physically: The threat of attack has shaken up the entire country.
Origin of shake
SYNONYMS FOR shake
Can be confusedshake sheik (see synonym study at the current entry)
British Dictionary definitions for shake up (1 of 2)
verb (tr, adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for shake up (2 of 2)
verb shakes, shaking, shook or shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
Derived Formsshakable or shakeable, adjective
Word Origin for shake
Idioms and Phrases with shake up (1 of 2)
Agitate in order to mix or loosen, as in This cough medicine needs to be thoroughly shaken up, or Please shake up these pillows.
Upset greatly, as in Even though no one was hurt, he was greatly shaken up by the accident. This usage alludes to being agitated like a liquid being shaken. Also see all shook up. [Late 1800s]
Subject to drastic rearrangement or reorganization, as in New management was bent on shaking up each division.
Idioms and Phrases with shake up (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with shake
- shake a leg
- shake a stick at
- shake down
- shake hands
- shake in one's boots
- shake off
- shake one's head
- shake someone's tree
- shake the dust from one's feet
- shake up
- shake with laughter
- all shook (shaken) up
- fair shake
- in two shakes
- more than one can shake a stick at
- movers and shakers
- no great shakes
- quake (shake) in one's boots