Word forms: plural shake-outs
regional note: in AM, use shakeout
is a major
set of changes in a system or an organization which results in a large number of
or a large number of people losing
This should be the year of a big shake-out in Italian banking.
The party needs a shake-out, if it is to be the driving-force of the new politics.
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