shakedown

Primary Meanings of shakedown

1.
n
extortion of money (as by blackmail)
2.
nadj
initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system
Full Definitions of shakedown
1

n extortion of money (as by blackmail)

Type of:
extortion
the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)

n a very thorough search of a person or a place

“a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs”
Type of:
hunt, hunting, search
the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
2

n initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state

“the new industry's economic shakedown
Type of:
accommodation, adjustment, fitting
making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances

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

“a shakedown cruise”

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