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shakedown

or shake-down

[ sheyk-doun ]
/ ˈʃeɪkˌdaʊn /
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noun

extortion, as by blackmail or threats of violence.
a thorough search: a shakedown of prison cells to uncover hidden drugs.
a bed, as of straw or blankets, spread on the floor.
any makeshift bed.
the act or process of shaking down.
Also called shakedown cruise, shakedown flight . a cruise or flight intended to prepare a new vessel or aircraft for regular service by accustoming the crew to its features and peculiarities, breaking in and adjusting machinery, etc.

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Origin of shakedown

First recorded in 1490–1500; noun, adj. use of verb phrase shake down
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British Dictionary definitions for shakedown

shake down

verb (adverb)

noun shakedown

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Idioms and Phrases with shakedown

shake down

1

Extort money from, as in They had quite a racket, shaking down merchants for so-called protection. [Slang; second half of 1800s]

2

Make a thorough search of, as in They shook down all the passengers, looking for drugs. [Slang early 1900s]

3

Subject a new vehicle or machine to a tryout, as in We'll shake down the new model next week.

4

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]

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