Definition of shakedown noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃeɪkdaʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeɪkdaʊn//
    (North American English, informal)
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  1. 1a situation in which somebody tries to force somebody else to give them money using violence, threats, etc.
  2. 2a thorough search of somebody/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
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shakedown