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shakedown

Definitions of shakedown
  1. noun
    extortion of money (as by blackmail)
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    type of:
    extortion
    the felonious act of extorting money (as by threats of violence)
  2. noun
    a very thorough search of a person or a place
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    type of:
    hunt, hunting, search
    the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
  3. noun
    initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
    “the new industry's economic shakedown
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    type of:
    accommodation, adjustment, fitting
    making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
  4. adjective
    intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system
    “a shakedown cruise”
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