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    Default To shake up

    Hello,

    Could you tell me please if all these definitions of 'to shake up' are accurate?
    Does adding 'up' change the meaning?
    I have to ask about it as unfortunately the definitions in the dictionaries are not always accurate.:(
    1.shake up
    to disturb or rouse (people) so as to make them more energetic.

    2.
    shake somebody up
    to surprise somebody and make them think about something in a different way, become more active, etcShaken up by the early goal against them, the team began to fight back.
    shake something up
    to make important changes in an organization, a profession, etc. in order to make it more efficientThe whole industry needs shaking up.

    3.shake up; To upset by or as if by a physical jolt or shock: was badly shaken up by the accident. To subject to a drastic rearrangement or reorganization: new management bent on shaking up the company.


    4. to stir the feelings of : upset, agitate <shook her up>

    5.To disturb or agitate; unnerve: She was shaken by the news of the disaster.

    6.shock somebody

    [transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to shock or upset somebody very much
    shake somebody He was badly shaken by the news of her death.
    shake somebody up The accident really shook her up.

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    Default Re: To shake up

    Here's what I think:
    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    1.shake up - to disturb or rouse (people) so as to make them more energetic. Fine. Without 'up', it only means to move them physically, usually to wake them.

    2. shake somebody up - to surprise somebody and make them think about something in a different way, become more active, etc. Shaken up by the early goal against them, the team began to fight back.
    shake something up. Fine; possible without 'up'.
    to make important changes in an organization, a profession, etc. in order to make it more efficient. The whole industry needs shaking up. Fine; not likely without 'up'

    3.shake up; To upset by or as if by a physical jolt or shock: was badly shaken up by the accident. Fine. possible without 'up'
    To subject to a drastic rearrangement or reorganization: new management bent on shaking up the company.That can be of help putting these skills into practice. Fine; not likely without 'up'


    4. to stir the feelings of : upset, agitate <shook her up> Fine; OK without 'up'

    5.To disturb or agitate; unnerve: She was shaken by the news of the disaster. Fine; OK with 'up'

    6.shock somebody

    [transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to shock or upset somebody very much
    shake somebody He was badly shaken by the news of her death. Fine; OK with 'up'
    shake somebody up The accident really shook her up. Fine; OK without 'up'

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