- a crude, makeshift bed, as a pallet of straw
- Slang an extortion of money, as by blackmail
- a thorough search of a person or place
for testing the performance or operational characteristics or acclimating the personnel: the shakedown cruise of a new aircraft carrier
- Slang Extortion of money, as by blackmail.
- Slang A thorough search of a place or person.
- A test or period of appraisal followed by adjustments to improve efficiency or functioning.
Serving as a test of a new product or model, especially of a vehicle, ship, or aircraft: a shakedown cruise; a shakedown flight.