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shakedown

[sheyk-doun] /ˈʃeɪkˌdaʊn/
noun
1.
extortion, as by blackmail or threats of violence.
2.
a thorough search:
a shakedown of prison cells to uncover hidden drugs.
3.
a bed, as of straw or blankets, spread on the floor.
4.
any makeshift bed.
5.
the act or process of shaking down.
6.
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
1490-1500
1490-1500; noun, adj. use of verb phrase shake down
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British Dictionary definitions for shakedown

shake down

verb (adverb)
1.
to fall or settle or cause to fall or settle by shaking
2.
(transitive) (US, slang) to extort money from, esp by blackmail or threats of violence
3.
(transitive) (US, slang) to search thoroughly
4.
(transitive) (informal, mainly US) to submit (a vessel, etc) to a shakedown test
5.
(intransitive) to go to bed, esp to a makeshift bed
6.
(intransitive) (of a person, animal, etc) to settle down
noun
7.
(US, slang) a swindle or act of extortion
8.
(US, slang) a thorough search
9.
a makeshift bed, esp of straw, blankets, etc
10.
(informal, mainly US)
  1. a voyage to test the performance of a ship or aircraft or to familiarize the crew with their duties
  2. (as modifier): a shakedown run
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shakedown

noun
  1. A night's lodging; an impromptu bed: I'll get a shakedown on the couch (1730+)
  2. An instance of or a demand for blackmail, extortion, etc; victimization by the protection racket: Listen, I know this is a shakedown (1902+ Underworld)
  3. thorough search of a person or place; shake: We gave the room a first-class shakedown (1914+)
  4. A trying-out or first tentative use, esp of a machine, ship, process, etc: Let's give this new idea a shakedown and see if it works (1930s+)

[final sense fr shakedown cruise; all senses fr the notion of a vigorous shaking of a person or place to reveal something hidden, a flaw, etc]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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