Meaning of “shake down someone” in the English Dictionary


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shake down someone

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.

(Definition of “shake down someone” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)