- 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.
Origin of shakedown
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Contemporary Examples of shakedown
There is still time for one more non-Mitt to get his shakedown cruise, even before Iowa.Michael Tomasky: Get Ready for Santorum Time in the GOP Campaign
December 19, 2011
Lies, Forstmann tells Charlie Gasparino exclusively, from a "shakedown artist."Ted Forstmann Lets Rip
October 19, 2010
Historical Examples of shakedown
I'll come in later, and if they'll make me a shakedown, I'll stay with you to-night.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
We'll scare you up a shakedown to sleep on and you're welcome as welcome.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922
Lucy Maud Montgomery
You and I are to sleep here, Mary,” she said, “and Peter is to have a shakedown in the sitting-room.Peter Trawl
W. H. G. Kingston
I assure you, my dear friends, it's a shakedown fit for a prince!Willy Reilly
"He said he'd beg a shakedown at your house, Violet," George interrupted.Sonia Married