One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Rouse someone from lethargy, apathy, or complacency.‘he had to do something to shake the team up—we lacked spark’
put some life into, enliven, put some spark into, liven up, stir up, rouse, get goingView synonyms
- ‘He told him the manager's criticism was for the good of the team, that his words were designed to shake him up, not put him down.’
- ‘In desperation I invented a reason to drive over to Minehead, thinking that the hustle and bustle of the town would shake me up, get me going again.’
- ‘This really shook Mel up and caused him to ask himself if his life was going in the right direction.’
- ‘I like the Telegraph but, despite doctor's advice, get the Independent and Guardian a couple of times a week to shake me up and let the descendants get a different world view from my rants.’
- ‘I'm still happy and all, but something happened today that shook me up.’
- ‘The Beagle 2 is to address a question that could equally shake us up and our view of ourselves and the universe.’
- ‘To have someone love me like that was utterly incredible for me, and it shook me up.’
- ‘It certainly made me want to shake him up at times and say, come on, Stevens, have a life…’
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