Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shake down someone”

shake down someone

infml
verb phrasal verb with shake  /ʃeɪk/ (past tense shook  /ʃʊk/, past participle shaken  /ˈʃeɪ·kən/) us  
to get money from someone by using threats: They tried to shake him down for five bucks.
(Definition of shake down someone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shake down someone?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

blueprint

a photographic copy of an early plan for a building or machine

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More