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English definition of “shake down”

shake down

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with shake   /ʃeɪk/ (shook, shaken) us  
to become organized or established after a period of change: Give the new arrangements time to shake down - I'm sure they'll be OK.Classifying and creating order
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