shakedown Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"shakedown" in British English

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shakedownnoun

uk   us   /ˈʃeɪk.daʊn/ US informal

shakedown noun (THREAT)

[C] the ​activity of getting ​money from someone by ​threatening or ​tricking them

shakedown noun (SEARCH)

[C usually singular] a ​carefulsearch in ​order to ​find things that are ​stolen or ​illegal: Two ​policemen gave his ​place a ​real shakedown.

shakedownadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈʃeɪk.daʊn/ US
becomingorganized after a ​period of ​change: The new ​administration is still in the shakedown ​period.
(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   us   /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 ​businessdeal in Africa.
[C] PRODUCTION the ​act of ​testing a new ​piece of ​equipment, especially a ​vehicle: They take all the ​cars on a ​longrun 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 ​financialmarket: They are ​predicting a shakedown at the upper end of the ​market.
(Definition of shakedown from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shakedown”
in Chinese (Simplified) 安顿下来, 调整就绪…
in Chinese (Traditional) 安頓下來, 調整就緒…
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