[ UK /ʃˈe‍ɪkda‍ʊn/ ]
[ US /ˈʃeɪkˌdaʊn/ ]
  1. intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system
    a shakedown cruise
  1. a very thorough search of a person or a place
    a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs
  2. initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
    the new industry's economic shakedown
  3. extortion of money (as by blackmail)
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How To Use shakedown In A Sentence

  • This shakedown sparked bitterness among stores struggling to survive; storeowners wondered if the city even wanted them.
  • Even if most Americans are not aware that subsidy shakedowns debilitate local budgets, they do know the names of the corporate buccaneers who have wrecked retirement plans and kicked the slats out of an already wobbly economy.
  • You stay locked in your cell 24-7 until the shakedown is over.
  • The novel was once so called because it was indeed something novel, but it's lasted, and I think, after a few shakedowns, the graphic novel, in whatever form, will do likewise.
  • Section two looks at ecommerce and the effects of the market shakedown.
  • It's going to have a shakedown one of these days.
  • Recently, there have been signs that the romance market is in the process of a shakedown.
  • The new administration is still in the shakedown period.
  • The shakedown was run to a shorter than usual timetable owing to the delays encountered in shipping the cars, spares and service park to the Jordan Rally location.
  • In Great Britain he orchestrated the shakedown of the Bank of England in the fall of 1992, while pocketing profits of well over a billion dollars.
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