Definition of shake-out in English:



  • An upheaval in or radical reorganization of a business, market, or organization, typically involving streamlining and redundancies.

    ‘the current shake-out in the computer industry’
    • ‘The international shake-out in the information and communications technology sectors, which impacted with big job losses in Ireland in recent days, was especially cited as posing difficulties and dampening economic growth.’
    • ‘Second, for the past year at least, the loss in jobs and the shake-out in the financial sector in particular, has been marked and growth in London has slowed considerably.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I need to sink some putts in the final round if I am to get into the frame at the shake-out, but I'm in there and fighting.’’
    • ‘The bottom line is that shake-outs of the content management and enterprise portal markets have long been predicted.’
    • ‘The directors will indicate that the fall is very much in line with the general experience of bio-tech sector which has suffered from the shake-out among shares of ‘new economy’ stocks following heavy selling on Wall Street.’
    • ‘The graphic design business in Dublin has suffered a shake-out in recent years.’
    • ‘The result may be a shake-out of some sort, with the top players increasingly dominant and the rest left looking for a niche.’
    • ‘Today even optimistic analysts are calling for a continuing shake-out.’
    • ‘Taken over a five-year period, the Irish pension funds have yielded an average return of just 1.1%, dragged down by the shake-out that started in the Nasdaq in 2000 when the high-tech bubble finally burst.’
    • ‘When the downturn first began and investment banks in the City of London began a staff shake-out, Scottish fund managers were a beneficiary.’
    • ‘The shake-out in the overcrowded Wi - Fi chip market has been predicted for a year now, and it seems finally to be starting.’
    • ‘The market will witness a shake-out when the de-tariffing of motor and fire insurance takes place.’
    • ‘There will be a big shake-out, not just in Scotland.’
    • ‘The Executive blamed the US slowdown and the shake-out in global electronics.’
    • ‘He likens the current shake-out to the period of stagnation in the 1980s when US companies were forced to sit down and make choices.’
    • ‘‘This has been the shake-out of the century,’ he says of the current retail chaos.’
    • ‘But after a wretched start and a closing round of 74, he missed the final shake-out between the leading 75 players for the 35 places by three strokes.’
    • ‘Although shake-outs are part of the usual flow of business in any economy, it can set a whole series of events in motion when consumers stop buying, or when retailers stop making profits because of price wars.’
    • ‘But the underlying cause of last week's yo-yo-ing on the markets was the long-awaited shake-out of the over-valued internet companies.’
    • ‘Reliance on search engines is increasing and will continue to do so, so it is not surprising that there are shake-outs from time to time.’