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English Dictionary: shakedown by the DICT Development Group
2 results for shakedown
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system; "a shakedown cruise"
  1. initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state; "the new industry's economic shakedown"
  2. a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
  3. extortion of money (as by blackmail)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shakedown \Shake"down`\, n.
      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. --Sir W. Scott.
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