shake down

shake down
verb
Etymology: shake (I) + down, adverb
1.
a. : to take up temporary quarters

a good plan for me to shake down in New York alone … before you join me — Margaret A. Barnes

b. : to occupy an improvised or hastily prepared bed

had to be content to shake down with blankets in the inn parlor — B.L.K.Henderson

2.
a. : to become accustomed or conditioned especially to new surroundings or new duties

four months … was long enough for a new man to shake down — Edwards Park

b. : to undergo a period of adjustment : settle down

until the whole entertainment business shakes down and new patterns have been established — Publishers' Weekly

3. : to become reduced

the fighting shook down to a straight infantry battle — Newsweek

1. : to obtain money from in a dishonest or illegal manner (as under pretense of official authority or under promise of protection)

impostors … shook down soldiers by pretending to arrest them — Dixon Wecter

2. : to make a thorough search of

decided to shake down the inmates to make sure nothing had been smuggled into the jail — Police Detective

3. : to bring about a reduction of

ordered … to shake down the hundreds of duplicating and overlapping service boards — Time

4. : to test on a shakedown cruise

the work … included training men and shaking down the ships for the Pacific theater — Walter Karig

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become established in a new place or situation; settle down

it was disruptive to the industry as it was shaking down after deregulation

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shake down [phrasal verb]
US informal
1 shake (someone) down or shake down (someone) : to get money from (someone) by using deception or threats

mobsters shaking down store owners for protection

2 shake (someone or something) down or shake down (someone or something) : to search (someone or something) thoroughly

The police shook the car down looking for illegal drugs.

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Main Entry:shake

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ˌshake ˈdown derived
(informal) to become familiar with a new situation and begin to work well in it

The new recruits are shaking down well.

Main entry:shakederived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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