Meaning of “shakedown” in the English Dictionary

"shakedown" in British English

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shakedownnoun

uk /ˈʃeɪk.daʊn/ us /ˈʃeɪk.daʊn/ US informal

shakedownadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈʃeɪk.daʊn/ us /ˈʃeɪk.daʊn/ US

(Definition of “shakedown” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shakedown" in American English

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shakedownnoun [ C ]

us /ˈʃeɪkˌdɑʊn/ infml

the act of getting money from someone by using threats:

Her lawyers say the suit is a shakedown, an attempt to get her to pay them off.

(Definition of “shakedown” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shakedown" in Business English

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shakedownnoun

also shake-down uk /ˈʃeɪkdaʊn/ us

[ 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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