- 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
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Related Wordscoup, violence, upheaval, turmoil, uprising, insurgency, revolt, rebellion, unrest, mutiny, innovation, strike, shift, transformation, cabal, reformation, metamorphosis, anarchy, row, plot
Examples from the Web for shake-up
He even foreshadowed his plans for a shake-up during a conference call with media reporters back in November.Is There Still Room for Soledad O’Brien at CNN?
January 31, 2013
Bird attributes the sound to a shake-up in his recording process.Andrew Bird’s ‘Break It Yourself’ Is a Tale of Survival
April 5, 2012
Nick Summers talks to Beckman and his staffers about the shake-up.Magazine Honcho Pushed Out?
July 30, 2011
Every shake-up we have somebody wants to fire him, or pension him off.Torchy and Vee
There had indeed been a “shake-up” on the nine the day of the game.Baseball Joe at Yale
"It can't be quite the same after so universal a shake-up," I objected.Sonia Married
Rather a shake-up, though, and I was dizzy with the heat before.Jessica Trent: Her Life on a Ranch
"There's been a shake-up in our combination," he remarked casually to Fyfe.Big Timber
Bertrand W. Sinclair
Word Origin and History for shake-up
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