Meaning of “shake sb down” in the English Dictionary


"shake sb down" in Business English

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shake sb down

US informal
phrasal verb with shake uk /ʃeɪk/ us 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.

(Definition of “shake sb down” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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