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shakedown

noun [C usually singular] (SEARCH)    /ˈʃeɪk.daʊn/ US informal
a careful search in order to find things that are stolen or illegal : Two policemen gave his place a real shakedown.Searching
(Definition of shakedown noun (SEARCH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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