Definition of shakedown in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪkdaʊn/


informal, chiefly North American
1 another term for shake-up. a major British monarchy shakedown
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  • The novel was once so called because it was indeed something novel, but it's lasted, and I think, after a few shakedowns, the graphic novel, in whatever form, will do likewise.
  • Every show goes through those kinds of shakedowns… but Conan's has probably changed less than any of them.
  • I think the justice system did do what it should have done 10 years ago, and what we're finding here now is that it happened once, a shakedown took place once, and apparently, it might be the same accusation again.
2A thorough search of a person or place: nightclub owners were constantly subject to shakedowns by a corrupt police department
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  • By big margins they backed profiling and the carrying of identity cards, tighter security measures and shakedowns at airports, and were more willing than in the past to enlist and serve in the armed forces.
  • The morning after their arrival, scouts and their leaders endure the shakedown, where their backpacks are inspected with drill sergeant thoroughness.
  • The cook must horde food without detection - particularly difficult when faced with daily inspections or shakedowns.
3An act of swindling someone or extorting money: he had served time in federal prison for shakedowns on school construction projects in Alabama
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  • The goons, the oilmen, the shakedown and the cover-up.
  • Ichinomiya was once a small and peaceful town, free of yakuza, but recent months have seen a shakedown of all the businesses by a thug named Boss Gonzo.
  • A few turned to theft and shakedowns to support themselves.
4A test of a new product or model, especially a vehicle or ship: he gave the car its first ever shakedown at Silverstone
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  • Starting this summer, an innovative program for certifying pork trichinae-free based on good farm management is going through its final shakedown - a 2-year pilot study.
  • His own country's team, the All Blacks, are a case in point - how many times have they taken on quality opposition from across the world and then gone on to beat them in the final shakedown, against all the odds?
  • In a final shakedown, it's the lack of conviction to the importance of its own message that keeps it from carrying any weight.
5A makeshift bed.

Words that rhyme with shakedown

breakdown, takedown

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