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English definition of “shake down someone”

shake down someone

infml phrasal verb with shake    /ʃeɪk/ verb (past tense shook  /ʃʊk/, past participle shaken  /ˈʃeɪ·kən/)
to get money from someone by using threats: They tried to shake him down for five bucks.
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