shakedown(redirected from shakedowns)
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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.
Serving as a test of a new product or model, especially of a vehicle, ship, or aircraft: a shakedown cruise; a shakedown flight.
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.
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|Noun||1.||shakedown - initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state; "the new industry's economic shakedown"|
|2.||shakedown - a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"|
|3.||shakedown - extortion of money (as by blackmail)|
extortion - the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
|Adj.||1.||shakedown - intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system; "a shakedown cruise"|
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 room → er hatte sein Lager im Wohnzimmer aufgeschlagen, er kampierte im Wohnzimmer; to give a room a shakedown → ein Zimmer nt → auf den Kopf stellen; shakedown cruise → Probefahrt f