shake down

verb

Definition of shake down

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

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

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

    5. 2 :  to make a thorough search of

    6. 3 :  to bring about a reduction of

    7. 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>

    Circa 1859

    First Known Use of shake down

    circa 1859


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