shakedown

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noun shake·down \ˈshāk-ˌdau̇n\

Definition of shakedown

  1. 1 :  an improvised bed (such as one made up on the floor)

  2. 2 :  a boisterous dance

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of shaking someone down; especially :  extortion

  4. 4 :  a thorough search

  5. 5 :  a process or period of adjustment

  6. 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

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SHAKEDOWN Defined for English Language Learners

shakedown

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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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