shakedown

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shake·down

 (shāk′doun′)
n.
1. Slang Extortion of money, as by blackmail.
2. Slang A thorough search of a place or person.
3. A test or period of appraisal followed by adjustments to improve efficiency or functioning.
adj.
Serving as a test of a new product or model, especially of a vehicle, ship, or aircraft: a shakedown cruise; a shakedown flight.

shake•down

(ˈʃeɪkˌdaʊn)

n.
1. extortion, as by blackmail.
2. a thorough search.
3. a makeshift bed, esp. one made up on the floor.
4. the act or process of shaking down.
5. a cruise or flight made in preparation for regular service by familiarizing the crew with a craft's operation, adjusting machinery, etc.
[1490–1500]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shakedown - initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory stateshakedown - initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state; "the new industry's economic shakedown"
accommodation, adjustment, fitting - making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
2.shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
search, hunting, hunt - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
3.shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)
extortion - the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
Adj.1.shakedown - intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system; "a shakedown cruise"

shakedown

noun
Slang. A thorough search of a place or persons:
Translations

shakedown

[ˈʃeɪkdaʊn] N
1. (= shaking) → sacudida f
2. (Brit) (= bed) → camastro m, cama f improvisada
3. (before noun) a shakedown cruise/flightuna travesía/un vuelo de prueba
4. (US) (= swindle) → estafa f, timo m; (= search) to give sth a shakedownregistrar algo

shakedown

[ˈʃeɪkdaʊn] n
(= final test) [boat, plane, car] → dernier essai m
(US) (= search) → fouille f
(US) (= extortion) → racket m

shakedown

n (= bed)Lager nt, → Notbett nt; (US inf) (= extortion)Gaunerei f; (= search)Razzia f (inf), → Durchsuchung f; he slept on a shakedown in the living roomer hatte sein Lager im Wohnzimmer aufgeschlagen, er kampierte im Wohnzimmer; to give a room a shakedownein Zimmer ntauf den Kopf stellen; shakedown cruiseProbefahrt f
References in classic literature ?
"We can fix up a shakedown for you in one of the rooms behind."
A shakedown and a dinner would always be theirs, and the heart of a father would never be closed to the troubles of his children.
It can be recalled that in January and March, Morente ordered back to back shakedowns and overhaul of the detention center.