- 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
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Related Words for shakeoutdecline, stagnation, collapse, slump, slide, inflation, downturn, bankruptcy, shakeout, unemployment, deflation, turmoil, disturbance, explosion, disaster, tumult, eruption, temblor, disruption, revolution
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Contemporary Examples of shakeout
The signs of a shakeout are evident beyond the bestseller list.Celebrity Memoir Glut
November 24, 2009
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