Definition of Shake up

1. Verb. Shock physically. "Georgia was shaken up in the Tech game"

Exact synonyms: Bump Around, Jar
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

2. Verb. Organize anew. "We must reorganize the company if we don't want to go under"
Exact synonyms: Reorganise, Reorganize
Generic synonyms: Organise, Organize
Specialized synonyms: Retool, Revise
Derivative terms: Reorganization, Reorganization, Shake-up, Shakeup

3. Verb. Shake; especially (a patient to detect fluids or air in the body).
Exact synonyms: Succuss
Generic synonyms: Agitate, Shake
Derivative terms: Succussion

4. Verb. Stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of. "The performance is likely to shake up Sue"; "The civil war shook the country"

5. Verb. Change the arrangement or position of.
Exact synonyms: Agitate, Commove, Disturb, Raise Up, Stir Up, Vex
Specialized synonyms: Beat, Scramble, Toss, Rile, Roil, Poke
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

6. Verb. Make fuller by shaking. "Fluff up the pillows"
Exact synonyms: Fluff Up, Plump Up
Generic synonyms: Agitate, Shake

Definition of Shake up

1. Verb. (transitive) To agitate by shaking. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To reorganize, to make reforms in. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shake Up

shake down
shake hands
shake it
shake map
shake maps
shake off
shake on it
shake one's head
shake out
shake over
shake table
shake tables
shake test
shake the pagoda tree
shake up (current term)
shaken baby syndrome
shaken one's head
shaken out

Literary usage of Shake up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"shake up (American), to obtain, get, procure. As if one had got game by shaking up or beating the bushes or coverts. I never saw such magnificent weather ..."

2. The Life of Theodore Roosevelt: Twenty-fifth President of the United States by Murat Halstead (1902)
"... on Dangerous Obedience to Orders—His Two Years' Old Opinion Was Sampson Was in Command—There Is a shake up—A "Historian" Ordered Not to Labor Any More, ..."

3. Secwana Dictionary: Secwana-English and English-Secwana by John Tom Brown (1895)
"... to shake up and down, as a person his finger, or a dog its tail, ... to shake up and down, so as to remove bran, ..."

4. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"... shake up: see succuss.] 1. The act of shaking.—2. A shaking ; a violent shock. If the trunk is the principal seat of lesion, as . . . from violent ..."

5. The Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary by Edward Tregear (1891)
"to tremble with cold or fever ; ruru, to shake, to shake up; to move, to stir, to rouse; ru- raga, impatience, eagerness. ..."

6. Plumbing and Household Sanitation by John Pickering Putnam (1911)
"\Ye cannot violently shake up the trap on a fixture as we do a detached bottle, and a current of water powerful enough to shake up the shot or ball without ..."

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