shake something up

shake something up
1) mix ingredients by shaking

use soap flakes shaken up in the water to make bubbles

2) make radical changes to the organization or structure of an institution or system

he presented plans to shake up the legal profession

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ˌshake sthˈup derived
to make important changes in an organization, a profession, etc. in order to make it more efficient

The whole industry needs shaking up.

related noun shake-up
Main entry:shakederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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