Meaning of “shake sth out” in the English Dictionary

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"shake sth out" in British English

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shake sth out

phrasal verb with shake uk /ʃeɪk/ us /ʃeɪk/ verb shook, shaken

to hold something such as a piece of cloth at one end and shake it up and down to get rid of dirt or folds:

I was on the back doorstep shaking out a rug.

to shake your head to allow your hair to fall freely, after removing objects such as pins that were holding it in place:

She took off her hat and shook out her long curls.

(Definition of “shake sth out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shake sth out" in Business English

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shake sth out

phrasal verb with shake uk /ʃeɪk/ us verb [ T ]

to remove parts of an organization in order to make it operate more effectively:

They need new ideas, so they're shaking out their top management team.

(Definition of “shake sth out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)