shake down

verb

Definition of shake down

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to take up temporary quartersb :  to occupy an improvised or makeshift bed

  3. 2a :  to become accustomed especially to new surroundings or dutiesb :  to settle down

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to obtain money from in a deceitful, contemptible, or illegal manner racketeers shaking down store owners for protection

  6. 2 :  to make a thorough search of

  7. 3 :  to bring about a reduction of

  8. 4 :  to give a shakedown test to shook down the vessel before its maiden voyage

Examples of shake down in a Sentence

  1. the rumor is that he started his career shaking people down as an enforcer for the mob

First Known Use of shake down

circa 1859



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