shake sb down Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “shake sb down” in the English Dictionary

"shake sb down" in British English

See all translations

shake sb down

US informal
phrasal verb with shake uk   us   /ʃeɪk/ verb (shook, shaken)
to get ​money from someone by using ​threats or ​tricks
(Definition of shake sb down from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shake sb down" in Business English

See all translations

shake sb down

US informal
phrasal verb with shake uk   us   /ʃeɪk/ verb [T]
to ​force someone to give you ​money: He was ​accused of ​shaking down ​smallbusinessowners in his ​district. They ​throwbigparties to ​shake down ​sponsors.
(Definition of shake sb down from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shake sb down”
in Chinese (Simplified) 勒索,敲诈…
in Chinese (Traditional) 勒索,敲詐…
What is the pronunciation of shake sb down?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

fire-eater

a performer who entertains people by seeming to swallow flames

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More