shake down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theyshake down
he/she/itshakes down
present participleshaking down
past tenseshook down
past participleshaken down
  1. 1
    [intransitive] British informal to sleep somewhere such as on the floor or in a chair instead of in a bed
  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to become organized after a period of confused preparation
  3. 3
    [intransitive] British informal to become familiar with a new job or place to live
  4. 4
    [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
  5. 5
    [transitive] American informal to get money from someone by threatening them
  6. 6
    [transitive] American informal to search a person or a place very carefully
See also main entry: shake