Definition of reshuffle in English:



  • 1Interchange the positions of (members of a team, especially government ministers)

    ‘the president was forced to reshuffle his cabinet’
    • ‘They reshuffled their team for the second-half.’
    • ‘Late last month, the Prime Minister reshuffled his cabinet in an attempt to resuscitate his government's largely stalled economic and social agenda.’
    • ‘They reshuffled the team slightly for the second half and came out stronger, again creating some good attacking moves.’
    • ‘Downing Street is not confirming when the announcement will be made amid signs that the prime minister is struggling to resolve the conundrum of how to reshuffle his junior ministers.’
    • ‘The company recently reshuffled its top management team.’
    • ‘Yesterday he reshuffled his frontbench team to bring in new spokesmen on all these subjects.’
    • ‘The Liberal Democrat leader will reshuffle his frontbench team after the party's autumn conference, senior party members have revealed.’
    • ‘Alternatively, a Prime Minister may reshuffle a minister who has been associated with policies which have failed or which are unpopular.’
    • ‘The Australian Prime minister has reshuffled his ministry.’
    • ‘The first test of his growing strength will come when the ministerial team is reshuffled today.’
    • ‘The team reshuffled its defensive line in an effort to get its most experienced players on the field.’
    • ‘The very junior Minister over there is asking for his position to be reshuffled; he is asking to be moved off that bench.’
    • ‘The central government reshuffled its cabinet, asking the law minister to resign.’
    • ‘Who said the prime minister could not have reshuffled his Cabinet and not fired her and still given me a job?’
    • ‘He also said he accepted the notion that by, reshuffling the Cabinet, the Prime Minister was seeking to maintain the balance of power within it.’
    • ‘What would drive an entrepreneur to reshuffle his top management team at the peak of his company's success?’
    • ‘The First Minister is now expected to reshuffle his advisory team as he prepares for the elections.’
    • ‘He has every reason to reshuffle his cabinet or at least move seats around.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister reshuffled his cabinet Wednesday, replacing the defense, finance and interior ministers.’
    • ‘Major cabinet turnovers have been rare, although chancellors occasionally have reshuffled their cabinets, shifting a minister from one post to another.’
    reorganize, restructure, change, change around, change the line-up of, shake up, rearrange, interchange, shuffle, regroup, rejig, redistribute, realign
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    1. 1.1Put in a new order; rearrange.
      ‘genetic constituents are constantly reshuffled into individual organisms’
      • ‘To the store, customers and products are all the same, data that are captured, analyzed and reshuffled.’
      • ‘This gene reshuffling also occasionally may splice genes in the wrong place in the genome, producing pathogenic bacteria or viruses as discussed above.’
      • ‘Randomization procedures whereby the sampling dates or the spatial positions were reshuffled allowed us to test for temporal and spatial effects.’
      • ‘A recent variation on the latter assumes disulfide reshuffling as the mechanism of polymerization.’
      • ‘For this, the individual values of the trait under consideration are reshuffled relative to the remaining data (the other trait values and marker scores).’
      • ‘Malls are fluid constructs, shifting and reshuffling to meet the whims of fashion and the market, but you assume that a few places will stay around forever.’
      • ‘Organizers are reshuffling the rest of his concert schedule while the singer heals.’
      • ‘You may recall that Season Four's ending experienced a bit of schedule reshuffling.’
      • ‘The genome-wide 5 % significance threshold was estimated by randomly reshuffling the phenotypic data 500 times in QTL Cartographer.’
      • ‘It's during that period of discovery, when cultural identities are being reinvented and reshuffled, that things look more ambiguous.’
      • ‘I appreciate that in order to do this characters must be omitted and combined, events reshuffled.’
      • ‘Trains from various cities converge on the yard, where the cars are separated and reshuffled into new trains, which then depart for other destinations.’
      • ‘In just about all instances, these nation-states are also ethnically heterogeneous, with borders shifting and populations reshuffled over centuries of conquest and tribal conflict.’
      • ‘Tests have shown that the canonical code is better than almost all randomly reshuffled codes in this respect.’
      • ‘Often, the greatest savings that you'll make will come from reshuffling and filleting the products that you already have.’
      • ‘It also is an attempt to reshuffle how libraries house information.’
      reorganize, alter, adjust, reorder, reschedule, rejig
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  • 2Shuffle (playing cards) again.

    ‘Youngman is requesting that Garcia reshuffle the cards’
    [no object] ‘too many pairs are coming up—you better reshuffle’
    • ‘Cards are reshuffled, dealt evenly among the players and stacked face-down on the table to form individual player draw-decks.’
    • ‘However, you get only 8 cards reshuffled in this case, so you should time using the joker wisely.’
    • ‘If it is a jack, he reshuffles and the cards are cut again.’
    • ‘Are the cards reshuffled when the last card is drawn or when someone needs to draw a card?’
    • ‘So long as money remains in the pot, after each hand is settled, the cards are reshuffled and dealt by the next dealer.’


  • An act of reorganizing or rearranging something.

    ‘he was brought into the government in the last reshuffle’
    • ‘Other major changes are expected when the reshuffle is announced in the next 10 days.’
    • ‘For the British squad, it was also a chance to see whether the reshuffles brought in by the coach had worked.’
    • ‘The good showing for the Government may reflect reaction to last week's reshuffle in addition to positive economic figures.’
    • ‘Should this happen or not, the forces of separation are stimulating speculation about possible reshuffles of party allegiance.’
    • ‘The latest reshuffle, in contrast to previous rearrangements, barely caused a stir.’
    • ‘Timetable reshuffles on the West Coast main line will mean changes to trains to Scotland.’
    • ‘First, it's being tied into a wider junior ministerial reshuffle.’
    • ‘Such action would have forced a parliamentary reshuffle before the anticipated autumn election.’
    • ‘Yellow cards and underperforming players prompted a few re-shuffles.’
    • ‘The spokesman was also asked about the replacement of the Leader of the Commons, but he replied he did not comment on reshuffles.’
    • ‘With the latest reshuffle, it bears even less resemblance to ministerial portfolios.’
    • ‘The American and European short term industries will undergo a major reshuffle over the next year.’
    • ‘And since these issues are hardly to be agreed on because of the polar interests of rulers and opposition, the acting majority preferred to defer the reshuffle of the main law.’
    • ‘Proposals for structural reshuffles were also tabled at the meeting.’
    • ‘And the fact that there'll be the ministerial reshuffle is a mere co-incidence.’
    • ‘Injury and illness had forced Rangers into a minor reshuffle.’
    • ‘The expected autumn reshuffle will allow for a much-needed freshening of the ministerial team.’
    • ‘Far from suffering boardroom reshuffles, the current management team has been leading the business for over 18 months.’
    • ‘A spate of ministerial resignations, followed by a horribly panicked and botched reshuffle, is another piece of evidence.’
    • ‘In the recent government reshuffle he was given the job of vice chamberlain of the royal household.’
    reorganization, restructuring, upheaval, change, rearrangement, regrouping, redistribution
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