[ sheyk-out ]
/ ˈʃeɪkˌaʊt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. shake-out,
  2. shake-up,
  3. shakedown,
  4. shaken,
  5. shaken baby syndrome,
  6. shaker,
  7. shaker heights,
  8. shakerism,
  9. shakers,
  10. shakespeare

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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Word Origin and History for shakeout



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper