Definitions of shakedown:
  • noun:   extortion of money (as by blackmail)
  • noun:   a very thorough search of a person or a place
    Example: "A shakedown by the police uncovered the drugs"
  • noun:   initial adjustments to improve the functioning or the efficiency and to bring to a more satisfactory state
    Example: "The new industry's economic shakedown"
  • adjective:   intended to test a new system under operating conditions and to familiarize the operators with the system
    Example: "A shakedown cruise"

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