1shake something out, shake out somethingEmpty something out by shaking a container.
- ‘he shook out a handful of painkillers’
2shake something out, shake out somethingSpread or open something folded or crumpled by shaking it.‘he shook out the newspaper’
- ‘she undid her helmet and shook out her frizzled hair’
- 2.1Sailing Unwind or untie a reef to increase the area of a sail.‘I shook out the reef and was soon beating upwind under full sail’
- ‘Indeed, given his own preferences, Holderman thought he might actually have reduced sail, or at least left the night's reefs in rather than shaking them out, if only to give himself a little more time to avoid any ice his lookouts spotted.’
3shake something out, shake out somethingGet rid of or abandon an attitude or practice.
- ‘we are going to shake out the old attitudes’
4North American Eventually happen.
- ‘we'll see what shakes out’