Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A reduction or elimination of competing businesses or products in a particular field.
  • noun A decline in a securities market that forces speculators to sell their positions, often at a loss.

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  • noun An event that causes marginal constituents to be eliminated.
  • noun engineering The separation of molds from their flask, the castings from the molding sand, and potentially the cores from the castings.

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  • noun an economic condition that results in the elimination of marginally financed participants in an industry

Etymologies

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shake +‎ out

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