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shake up

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  1. reorganization, reorganisation, shake-up, shakeupverb

    the imposition of a new organization; organizing differently (often involving extensive and drastic changes)

    "a committee was appointed to oversee the reorganization of the curriculum"; "top officials were forced out in the cabinet shakeup"

  2. jar, shake up, bump aroundverb

    shock physically

    "Georgia was shaken up in the Tech game"

  3. reorganize, reorganise, shake upverb

    organize anew

    "We must reorganize the company if we don't want to go under"

  4. succuss, shake upverb

    shake; especially (a patient to detect fluids or air in the body)

  5. stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stirverb

    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

    "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"

  6. agitate, vex, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise upverb

    change the arrangement or position of

  7. fluff up, plump up, shake upverb

    make fuller by shaking

    "fluff up the pillows"


  1. shake upverb

    To agitate by shaking.

  2. shake upverb

    To reorganize, to make reforms in.


  1. shake up

    A shake up generally refers to a drastic reorganization or restructuring of a system, organization or group. It usually involves significant changes like job cuts, division merges or alterations in the chain of command in order to improve efficiency, productivity or outcomes. It can also be used metaphorically in other contexts to denote a significant change or disturbance in normal routine or situation.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shake up in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shake up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of shake up in a Sentence

  1. Mats Wilander:

    I think (the seeds going out) it's way more positive than negative for women's tennis, i hope that men's tennis goes that way where we see more upsets. It's great to follow Federer and Nadal, but I think 16 seeds would shake up the men's draw.

  2. Andrzej Rychard:

    It would remind people that they can mobilise and protest, and that could shake up the ruling alliance.

  3. Richard Angell:

    Corbyn need to shake up his operation, kick out Ken Livingstone as a first step to nailing the anti-Semitism problem and focus on voter-friendly policy.

  4. Riccardo Designori:

    There's quite a lot of money on balance sheets in Europe. If companies are reluctant to put it to work, they risk seeing activists twisting their arm to launch buyback plans, there's also a huge potential for restructuring and mergers, and activist funds are starting to shake up things and accelerate the process.

  5. Christopher Trzaska:

    You could drop me in the Bush administration, and I'd feel right at home, gen Z and many conservatives of my age are looking for someone to shake up the system, but not to burn the country down in the process.


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