LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||25/JUL/2007 1:11 AM|
|Assunto:||Fred Thompson "Shakes Up" Campaign Staff|
"To shake up" generally means (1) either to surprise/shock (2) or to reorganize a staff.
The news of her death really shook me up.
Elvis used to sing a song called "I'm All Shook Up".
The governor will be shaking up his staff, firing two staff members, bringing in outside replacements for the two positions, and shifting three other members to different positions within his organization.
Marcio, are you familiar with "to shake down"? It means to extort money. If you want to get that job at the library, you must pay 10% of your salary to the mayor. He shakes down everyone in city government.
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