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  1. 1
    [transitive] American informal to get money from someone by threatening them
  2. 2
    [transitive] American informal to search a person or a place very carefully
  3. 3
    [transitive] to test something new, for example a system, vehicle, or machine, in a situation similar to the situation that it will be used in
  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal to become organized after a period of confused preparation
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