Origin of 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
Can be confusedshake sheik (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for shake-down
There were three in one bed in one corner, three in one bed in another corner, and two in shake-down beds on the floor.Ireland as It Is|Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Then she and Duke knelt together at the side of the shake-down Diana called their bed, and said their prayers together and aloud."Us"|Mary Louisa S. Molesworth
I made a shake-down bed on the stage, and “lay down my weary head.”Adventures and Recollections|Bill o'th' Hoylus End
You just go to Miss Burford and ask her to find you a shake-down.In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Microby Dandeline 'll hev a bite for ye d'rec'ly an' I'll fix yo' up a shake-down.The Gold Girl|James B. Hendryx
British Dictionary definitions for shake-down
verb shakes, shaking, shook or shaken (ˈʃeɪkən)
Derived Formsshakable or shakeable, adjective
Word Origin for shake
Idioms and Phrases with shake-down
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