shake down
verb Date: circa 1859 intransitive verb 1. a. to take up temporary quarters b. to occupy an improvised or makeshift bed 2. a. to become accustomed especially to new surroundings or duties b. to settle down transitive verb 1. to obtain money from in a deceitful, contemptible, or illegal manner <
racketeers shaking down store owners for protection
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2. to make a thorough search of 3. to bring about a reduction of 4. to give a shakedown test to <
shook down the vessel before its maiden voyage
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shake|down — shake down1 or shake|down1 «SHAYK DOWN», noun, adjective. –n. 1. Informal. a bringing into proper condition or working order, as by use or practice: »The new ocean liner was given a shakedown by a trial voyage. 2. a makeshift bed: »We made a… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • shake down — (someone) to get money from someone by using threats. His crimes ranged from murder to shaking down gamblers. He claimed that a government official shook his company down for $10,000 in campaign contributions …   New idioms dictionary

  • shake down — verb Etymology: shake (I) + down, adverb intransitive verb 1. a. : to take up temporary quarters a good plan for me to shake down in New York alone … before you join me Margaret A. Barnes …   Useful english dictionary

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