Shakedown meaning

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Extortion of money, as by blackmail.
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A thorough search of a place or person.
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A test or period of appraisal followed by adjustments to improve efficiency or functioning.
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Serving as a test of a new product or model, especially of a vehicle, ship, or aircraft.

A shakedown cruise; a shakedown flight.

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A crude, makeshift bed, as a pallet of straw.
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An extortion of money, as by blackmail.
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A thorough search of a person or place.
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For testing the performance or operational characteristics or acclimating the personnel.

The shakedown cruise of a new aircraft carrier.

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(slang) Extortion, especially through blackmail.

What is this, a shakedown?

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(slang) A thorough search; a frisk.
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A trial or test period, especially of a ship or aircraft.
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An improvised bed.
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That tests the performance of a ship or aircraft.
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Origin of shakedown

  • shake +"Ž down, from the phrase "shake down".

    From Wiktionary