shakedown

noun shake·down \ ˈshāk-ˌdau̇n \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of shakedown

1 :an improvised bed (such as one made up on the floor)
2 :a boisterous dance
3 :an act or instance of shaking someone down; especially :extortion
4 :a thorough search
5 :a process or period of adjustment
6 :a testing under operating conditions of something new (such as a ship) for possible faults and defects and for familiarizing the operators with it

Examples of shakedown in a Sentence

  1. He was the victim of a shakedown by a street gang.

  2. The guards conducted a shakedown of the prisoners' cells to look for weapons.

  3. They're putting the system through a shakedown.

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First Known Use of shakedown

circa 1730

Other Dance Terms


shake down

verb

Definition of shake down

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
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

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

Recent Examples of shake down from the Web

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First Known Use of shake down

circa 1859


SHAKEDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

shakedown

noun

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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