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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sheyk-out]
    • /ˈʃeɪkˌaʊt/
    • /ˈʃeɪk.aʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sheyk-out]
    • /ˈʃeɪkˌaʊt/

Definitions of shakeout word

  • noun shakeout an elimination or winnowing out of some competing businesses, products, etc., as a result of intense competition in a market of declining sales or rising standards of quality. 1
  • noun shakeout a rapid decline in the values of certain securities sold in stock exchanges or the like. 1
  • countable noun shakeout A shakeout is a major set of changes in a system or an organization which results in a large number of companies closing or a large number of people losing their jobs. 0
  • noun shakeout any movement in the market prices of securities that forces speculators to sell their holdings 0
  • noun shakeout any drop in economic activity that eliminates marginal or unprofitable businesses, products, etc. 0

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Origin of shakeout

First appearance:

before 1890
One of the 20% newest English words
First recorded in 1890-95; noun use of verb phrase shake out

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Parts of speech for Shakeout


shakeout popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for shakeout

noun shakeout

  • bottom out — If a trend such as a fall in prices bottoms out, it stops getting worse or decreasing, and remains at a particular level or amount.
  • bum's rush — forcible ejection, as from a gathering
  • bum-rush — to force one's way into; crash: to bum-rush a rap concert.
  • deflation — Deflation is a reduction in economic activity that leads to lower levels of industrial output, employment, investment, trade, profits, and prices.
  • hard time — a period of difficulties or hardship.

Top questions with shakeout

  • what is the great california shakeout?
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