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shake down

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

to rob by the use of trickery or threats
  • the rumor is that he started his career shaking people down as an enforcer for the mob

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shakedown

noun

Synonyms of shakedown (Entry 2 of 2)

1 as in couch, bunk bed

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2 as in dry run

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3 as in pursuit, reconnaissance

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The first known use of shake down was circa 1730

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“Shake down.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/shake%20down. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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