Definition of shake-up in English:



  • A radical reorganization.

    • ‘Pirate radio was about to be superannuated by the BBC shake-up that would give rise to Radio One.’
    • ‘Then came the Thatcher years and many established farming organisations were facing huge shake-ups.’
    • ‘The CIA will be in charge of all U.S. spying overseas in one of this country's biggest intelligence shake-ups.’
    • ‘His departure comes at a time when the Federal Government is considering a radical shake-up of the Family Law system.’
    • ‘Teachers are threatening strike action in Hampshire this summer following one of the biggest shake-ups to the school year.’
    • ‘The shake-up sparked the Warriors and immediately shifted the momentum in the fourth set.’
    • ‘The shake-up has redefined the property's enterprise mix, but more fundamentally has profoundly altered the way things are done, and decisions taken.’
    • ‘The company is in for a shake-up to haul manufacturing quality and reliability uphill.’
    • ‘We wish him the best, because it will rattle an industry that probably needs a shake-up.’
    • ‘But even as these designers are walking the fine line between East and West while retailing abroad, at home their markets might be in for a shake-up.’
    • ‘Intel has announced a major shake-up that will see it reorganise its key operations around technology platforms rather than separate products.’
    • ‘The proposals would have affected 13 villages and represented one of the biggest shake-ups in the history of education in the county.’
    • ‘Now it will be left to President-elect Bush to propose a radical shake-up of social security, allowing younger workers to partially opt-out of the system and put some of their savings into the stock market instead.’
    • ‘It won the 1990 elections, and immediately carried out a radical shake-up of the country's welfare system by creating the first ‘post-welfarist’ society.’
    • ‘Australia's deserts are poised to give the world food menu its biggest shake-up since Columbus.’
    • ‘One of the biggest shake-ups in Irish banking history took place yesterday as Bank of Scotland swept into the high street with a 120 million deal that will give it 54 branches around the country.’
    • ‘Anecdotal evidence suggests this is the result of increased availability of such independents in the wake of shake-ups in the industry occurring shortly before the survey.’
    • ‘Back then I told everyone that the only thing that will never change, despite search engine shake-ups and search technology improvements, is that links will always be the most important part of any website promotion campaign.’
    • ‘While the most desirable solution is to address areas of conflict and maintain a focused vision, sometimes businesses must resort to selling divisions, merging, retiring senior management or other major shake-ups.’
    • ‘Hollywood has weathered other big shake-ups in the past and turned them to its advantage - television in the Fifties, home video in the late Seventies.’
    reorganization, restructuring, rearrangement, change, reshuffle, regrouping, redistribution, overhaul, revamp, makeover
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