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shake down someone

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phrasal verb with shake  us   /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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