a thorough change in a business, department, or the like, as by dismissals, demotions, etc.
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How to use shake-up in a sentence
The firing of a new executive brought in to shake up the flailing show is getting dead-movie-star tabloid coverage.
The Grey Lady said that a series of badly mishandled global crises has “fueled speculation that Mr. Obama may shake up his team.”Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror | Leslie H. Gelb | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That decision would shake up hundreds of state boards and associations.The Supreme Court Is Weighing Corporate Power Yet Again | Zephyr Teachout | October 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Pope Francis also created a new authority in February to shake up the Vatican's own finances.Vatican Hustle: Con Men No Longer Welcome in the Holy See | Tom Kington | March 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A new exhibit at the Met wants to shake up these stereotypes.A New Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum Puts a Modern Face on Chinese Art | Melik Kaylan | January 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
During the shake-up that followed, the aim of the two ruffians was disconcerted, and their shots went wild.Motor Matt's Mystery | Stanley R. Matthews
The request for her resignation from the other team had not specially troubled Robin, knowing that a shake-up was imminent.Marjorie Dean College Freshman | Pauline Lester
And now they all went into fits of laughter, Addie with his silent convulsions, which made him shake up and down painfully.The Later Life | Louis Couperus
It did everlastingly shake up the country around here, and lots of permanent springs went plumb dry and never run again.The Long Dim Trail | Forrestine C. Hooker
When you appear to put the seed in the hat, break the thread and shake up the bouquets loosely, and they will nearly fill the hat.Magic | Ellis Stanyon
British Dictionary definitions for shake up
to shake or agitate in order to mix
to reorganize drastically
to stir or rouse
to restore the shape of (a pillow, cushion, etc)
informal to disturb or shock mentally or physically
informal a radical or drastic reorganization
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Other Idioms and Phrases with shake-up
Agitate in order to mix or loosen, as in This cough medicine needs to be thoroughly shaken up, or Please shake up these pillows.
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