Definition of

Shakedown

  1. (noun, act) extortion of money (as by blackmail)
  2. (noun, act) a very thorough search of a person or a place
  3. (noun, event) initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
  4. (adj, pert) intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system

via WordNet, Princeton University

Alternate forms of Shakedown

Hypernyms: accommodation, adjustment, extortion, fitting, hunt, hunting, search

Origin of the word Shakedown

  1. 1730, "impromptu bed made upon loose straw," from shake + down. Fig. verbal sense of "blackmail, extort" is attested from 1872, noun meaning "a thorough search" is from 1914; both probably from the notion of measuring corn. The verbal phrase to shake down "cause to totter and fall" is recorded from c.1400. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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