shake down

vb
American
1.
to extort money from (someone), either face-to-face (usually by threats) or by blackmail
2.
to search a person or premises. The phrase usually refers to an official search by police officers which may involve a degree of harassment or force.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • shake down — PHRASAL VERB If someone shakes you down, they use threats or search you physically in order to obtain something from you. [AM] [V P n (not pron)] He ordered the dismantling of police checkpoints on highways, which were being used to shake down… …   English dictionary


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