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shake up (2)

Meaning: to upset or shock someone

Synonym: upset

For example:

  • shake up sb The results of the train crash were so horrific that they shook up even the most hardened police and ambulance officers.

  • shake sb up Everyone in the country was shocked by the news. It certainly shook me up.

  • be shaken up by sth Have you seen Mary? She looks like she was really shaken up by the accident.

Quick Quiz:

The news shook her up so much that she was
  1. shaking and in tears
  2. smiling and chatting
  3. her usual happy self

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