Definition of Shakedowns

1. Noun. (plural of shakedown) ¹

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Definition of Shakedowns

1. shakedown [n] - See also: shakedown

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shakedowns

shake maps
shake off
shake on it
shake one's head
shake out
shake over
shake table
shake tables
shake test
shake the pagoda tree
shake up
shakedowns (current term)
shaken baby syndrome
shaken one's head
shaken out

Literary usage of Shakedowns

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The White Slaves of England: Compiled from Official Documents. With Twelve by John C. Cobden (1853)
"In the better lodging-houses the shakedowns are small ... they are bundles of rags of any kind; but loose straw is used only in the country for shakedowns. ..."

2. Songs of the Average Man by Sam Walter Foss (1907)
"... down the middle an' ol' Benjy played the fiddle Wen ol' Benjy played the fiddle at our ol' shakedowns. W'en ol' Benjy played the fiddle an' we ..."

3. The Nether Side of New York by Edward Crapsey (1872)
""shakedowns, as the piles of straw stuffed into bed-ticks are called; but it hail nothing whatever beyond these articles. There was not even the remnant of ..."

4. All Too Familiar: Sexual Abuse of Women in U.S. State Prisons by Dorothy Q. Thomas (1996)
"A substantial majority of those interviewed, 67 percent, reported feeling uncomfortable during shakedowns. Of these, one-third reported being groped, ..."

5. Performance Measures for the Criminal Justice System: Discussion Papers from by James Q. Wilson (1994)
"For example, data on the frequency of shakedowns must be combined with measures of inmate grievances, drug use, and amounts of contraband found, ..."

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