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Meaning of shakedown

shake•down

Pronunciation: (shāk'doun"), [key]
— n.
  1. extortion, as by blackmail or threats of violence.
  2. a thorough search: a shakedown of prison cells to uncover hidden drugs.
  3. a bed, as of straw or blankets, spread on the floor.
  4. any makeshift bed.
  5. the act or process of shaking down.
  6. Also calleda cruise or flight intended to prepare a new vessel or aircraft for regular service by accustoming the crew to its features and peculiarities, breaking in and adjusting machinery, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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