Shakeout meaning

shāk'out'
A reduction or elimination of competing businesses or products in a particular field.
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A decline in a securities market that forces speculators to sell their positions, often at a loss.
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Any movement in the market prices of securities that forces speculators to sell their holdings.
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Any drop in economic activity that eliminates marginal or unprofitable businesses, products, etc.
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An event that causes marginal constituents to be eliminated.

The dot-com shakeout of the 1990s left only the most durable, most profitable, and most well backed companies surviving.

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(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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Origin of shakeout