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English definition of “shake sb/somewhere down”

shake sb/somewhere down

US informal
verb uk phrasal verb with shake   /ʃeɪk/ (shook, shaken) us  
to search a person or place carefully, usually in order to find things that are stolen or illegal: We can't shake down the whole building - only the suspect's apartment.Searching
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