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shake sb down

US informal phrasal verb with shake
 
 
/ʃeɪk/ verb [T]
to force someone to give you money: He was accused of shaking down small business owners in his district. They throw big parties to shake down sponsors.
Translations of “shake sb down”
in Chinese (Traditional) 勒索,敲詐…
in Chinese (Simplified) 勒索,敲诈…
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