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Dictionary Definition

shakedown adj : intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system; "a shakedown cruise"


1 initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state; "the new industry's economic shakedown"
2 a very thorough search of a person or a place; "a shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
3 extortion of money (as by blackmail)

User Contributed Dictionary



to shakedown
  1. to extort money from, as by blackmail


  1. extortion, especially by using blackmail
  2. a thorough search; a frisk
  3. a trial or test period, especially of a ship or aircraft


  1. that tests the performance of a ship or aircraft

Extensive Definition

Shakedown may refer to:


* "Shakedown (Bob Seger song)", a number-one single in 1987 by Bob Seger
shakedown in Japanese: シェイクダウン

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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