shake up (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. shaking and in tears

b. smiling and chatting

c. her usual happy self

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