shakedown

or shake-down

[sheyk-doun]

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.

Nearby words

  1. shake up,
  2. shake with laughter,
  3. shake-down,
  4. shake-out,
  5. shake-up,
  6. shaken,
  7. shaken baby syndrome,
  8. shakeout,
  9. shaker,
  10. shaker heights

Origin of shakedown

First recorded in 1490–1500; noun, adj. use of verb phrase shake down

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