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.

Origin of shakeout

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase shake out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of shakeout

  • The signs of a shakeout are evident beyond the bestseller list.

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    Ben Yagoda

    November 24, 2009

Word Origin and History for shakeout

also shake-out, "business upheaval," 1895, from verbal phrase; see shake (v.) + out (adv.).

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