Examples of shakedown in a Sentence
He was the victim of a shakedown by a street gang.
The guards conducted a shakedown of the prisoners' cells to look for weapons.
They're putting the system through a shakedown.
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Opa-locka is under a long-running FBI corruption probe that has already seen a former city manager and commissioner convicted of shakedowns.
Now, Kimbrew is facing up to 18 years in federal prison for the 2015 shakedown.
Some right-wing MPs see the foreign-aid budget as ripe for a shakedown, an idea that has gained traction following a scandal at one big charity (see article).
Others represented the much larger group of businesspeople embroiled in the shakedowns.
The move suggests the corruption crackdown is also part-shakedown, and that Prince Mohammed wants more control over the media.
Their program ranges from espionage to shakedowns for money—including a bank heist worth $1 billion.
The government characterized the arrests as a crackdown on corruption but critics have called it a political purge and a shakedown.
The return-to-flight mission for the space agency would therefore involve taking the new and improved command module into low-Earth orbit for a shakedown mission, staying (relatively) close to home should anything go wrong.
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First Known Use of shakedown
Definition of shake down
- racketeers shaking down store owners for protection
- shook down the vessel before its maiden voyage
Examples of shake down in a Sentence
the rumor is that he started his career shaking people down as an enforcer for the mob
Recent Examples of shake down from the Web
The first involved extortion and bribery counts alleging Cochran shook down two businessmen for a total of $5,000 in exchange for his support on deals in his ward.
For three generations, members of the gangland dynasty have been imprisoned for crimes that have included shaking down construction sites, murdering a mob boss at a steakhouse and trying to extort the action-movie hero Steven Seagal.
The fear of being shaken down by venal bureaucrats and taxmen remains a powerful reason to stay below the radar.
Prosecutors said Santiago directed city officials to shake down those businesses, including three business owners who worked undercover for the FBI and recorded the illicit transactions.
One case stems from claims that Netanyahu and his wife shook down rich acquaintances for luxury gifts.
Hangout Music Festival will shake down Gulf Shores, beginning on Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20.
Off-campus neighborhoods around USC are dominated by Mexican Mafia affiliates that target foreign students and shake down local businesses owned by law-abiding immigrants.
The people who run them make up a claque of international bagmen, shaking down whole countries and bankrupting cities as though the entire world was their goodie bag.
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First Known Use of shake down
shake down Synonyms
beat, bilk, bleed, cheat, chisel, con, cozen, defraud, do, do in, fiddle, fleece, flimflam, gaff, gyp, hustle, mulct, pluck, ream, rip off, rook, screw, short, shortchange, skin, squeeze, stick, stiff, sting, swindle, victimize;
sell a bill of goods to, take for a ride, take to the cleaners;
SHAKEDOWN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shakedown for English Language Learners
: the act of taking something (such as money) from someone by using threats or deception
: a thorough search of something
: a thorough test of a new ship, airplane, etc., in order to make sure there are no problems or defects
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