shake up (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb shake up (1).

Meaning: to make big changes to an organisation and the way it's run, usually to improve it

Synonym: transform

For example:

  • shake up sth The owners hired a new manager to shake up the company because it had been getting too settled in its ways.

  • shake sth up The team hadn't been playing well, so a new coach was brought in to shake things up a bit.

Quick Quiz:

The inquiry into the Health Department was intended to shake things up and

a. destroy reputations

b. charge innocent people

c. improve its operation

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Contributor: Matt Errey