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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shakedown(noun)

    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(noun)

    a very thorough search of a person or a place

    "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"

  3. shakedown(adj)

    extortion of money (as by blackmail)

  4. shakedown(adj)

    intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system

    "a shakedown cruise"


  1. shakedown(Noun)

    Extortion, especially through blackmail

    What is this, a shakedown?

  2. shakedown(Noun)

    A thorough search; a frisk

  3. shakedown(Noun)

    A trial or test period, especially of a ship or aircraft

  4. shakedown(Noun)

    An improvised bed.

  5. shakedown(Adjective)

    that tests the performance of a ship or aircraft

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shakedown(noun)

    a temporary substitute for a bed, as one made on the floor or on chairs; -- perhaps originally from the shaking down of straw for this purpose

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shakedown in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shakedown in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shakedown in a Sentence

  1. House Democrats:

    What those notes reflect is a classic Mafia-like shakedown of a foreign leader.

  2. Shifty Schiff:

    It's clear it's mocking the President and just as clearly the President doesn't like being mocked, but it was a mafia kind of... organized crime shakedown, if the President wasn't attacking me about this, he'd be attacking about something else.

  3. Adam Schiff:

    This is how a mafia boss talks, what have you done for us? Weve done so much for you. But theres not much reciprocity. I have a favor I want to ask you. And what is that favor? Of course, the favor is to investigate his political rival. A classic mafia-like shakedown a foreign leader.

  4. Geoffrey Berman:

    By engaging in the conduct alleged in the complaint, Avenatti was not acting as an attorney, a suit and tie doesn't mask the fact that at its core, this was an old-fashioned shakedown.

  5. Vipin Narang:

    Nothing says I love you like a shakedown.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Razzia, Testbetrieb, probe-, Durchsuchung, Liege, Klappbett, Erpressung, Probebetrieb, Versuchsbetrieb, Gästebett, test-German

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