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shakeout

[ sheyk-out ]
/ ˈʃeɪkˌaʊt /
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noun

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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Origin of shakeout

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase shake out
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shake-out

noun

the process of reducing the number of people in a workforce in order to lower the costs of a company
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