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shake down

[colloquial/familiar]

Translation of shake down in Spanish:

  • 1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 (settle in) to shake down in a job/town acostumbrarse or hacerse* a un trabajo/una ciudad 1.2 (live temporarily) quedarse
  • 2verb + object + adverb/verbo + complemento + adverbio (American English/inglés norteamericano) 2.1 (extort money) they shook me down for a couple of hundred dollars me sacaron or [colloquial/familiar] me hicieron largar doscientos dólares 2.2 (search) [person] cachear, registrar; [building] registrar 2.3 (put through trials) [ship/plane] probar*
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