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shakedown

noun (also shake-down)     /ˈʃeɪkdaʊn/
[C] US an act of getting money from someone by using force or a trick : They were accused of a series of bribes and shakedowns relating to a business deal in Africa .
[C] PRODUCTION the act of testing a new piece of equipment , especially a vehicle : They take all the cars on a long run to give them a shakedown. a shakedown test / trial
[C or U] a period during which people become familiar with a new system or situation : There is usually a period of shakedown with new technology .
[C] STOCK MARKET a period during which prices are going down on a financial market : They are predicting a shakedown at the upper end of the market .
(Definition of shakedown noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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