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See also: shake down and shake-down


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


shakedown (plural shakedowns)

  1. (slang) Extortion, especially through blackmail
    What is this, a shakedown?
  2. (slang) A thorough search; a frisk
  3. A trial or test period, especially of a ship or aircraft
  4. An improvised bed.
    • 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage":
      "You'd better lie down for a bit. I expect you're about done up." -- "There's nowhere for me to lie down, sir," he answered, and there was in his voice a humbleness which was very distressing. -- "Don't you know anyone in the house who'll give you a shakedown?" -- "No, sir."



  1. that tests the performance of a ship or aircraft