shake down

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shake down

  1. (transitive) To cause something to fall down by shaking it, or something it is attached to.
    shake down apples from an apple tree.
  2. (transitive) To shake someone so money falls from their pockets.
  3. (by extension) To get money from someone using threats.
  4. To search exhaustively.
  5. To subject something to a shakedown test.