Definition of shake down phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

shake down

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

    shake somebody/somethingdown

    (informal)
     
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  1. 1to search a person or place in a very thorough way related noun shakedown
  2. 2to threaten someone in order to get money from them
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