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Origin of shakedown
Words nearby shakedown
Definition for shake down (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), shook, shak·en, shak·ing.
verb (used with object), shook, shak·en, shak·ing.
- to cause to descend by shaking; bring down.
- to cause to settle.
- to condition; test: to shake down a ship.
- Informal. to extort money from.
- Slang. to search (someone), especially to detect concealed weapons.
- to rid oneself of; reject.
- to get away from; leave behind.
- Baseball, Softball. (of a pitcher) to indicate rejection of (a sign by the catcher for a certain pitch) by shaking the head or motioning with the glove.
- to shake in order to mix or loosen.
- to upset; jar.
- to agitate mentally or physically: The threat of attack has shaken up the entire country.
Origin of shake
SYNONYMS FOR shake
OTHER WORDS FROM shake
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shakeshake sheik (see synonym study at the current entry)
British Dictionary definitions for shake down (1 of 2)
- a voyage to test the performance of a ship or aircraft or to familiarize the crew with their duties
- (as modifier)a shakedown run
British Dictionary definitions for shake down (2 of 2)
verb shakes, shaking, shook or shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
Derived forms of shakeshakable or shakeable, adjective
Word Origin for shake
Idioms and Phrases with shake down (1 of 2)
Extort money from, as in They had quite a racket, shaking down merchants for so-called protection. [Slang; second half of 1800s]
Make a thorough search of, as in They shook down all the passengers, looking for drugs. [Slang early 1900s]
Subject a new vehicle or machine to a tryout, as in We'll shake down the new model next week.
Become acclimated or accustomed, to a new place, job, or the like, as in Is this your first job? You'll soon shake down. [Mid-1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with shake down (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with shake
- shake a leg
- shake a stick at
- shake down
- shake hands
- shake in one's boots
- shake off
- shake one's head
- shake someone's tree
- shake the dust from one's feet
- shake up
- shake with laughter
- all shook (shaken) up
- fair shake
- in two shakes
- more than one can shake a stick at
- movers and shakers
- no great shakes
- quake (shake) in one's boots