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Definition of shakedown noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    shakedown

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈʃeɪkdaʊn//
     
    (informal)
     
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  1. 1a situation in which someone tries to force someone else to give them money using violence, threats, etc.
  2. 2a thorough search of someone or something a police shakedown of the area
  3. 3a test of a vehicle to see if there are any problems before it is used generally
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