shake down v.
1. in senses of shakedown n. (1)
(a) to sleep in an impromptu bed.
|Diary in India I 40: Five or six of us shook down for the night and resigned ourselves to the musquitoes and to slumber [F&H].|
|Armadale II 43/1: We’ll all shake down together on the floor.|
|Fire Trumpet I 49: He had ‘shaken down’ in Hick’s room, and the two had talked and smoked themselves to sleep.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 244: Yo’ kin shake down in dat cohnuh.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Dec. 16/4: Put your nags in paddock, tucker with us in kitchen, and shakedown inside to-night if it rains.|
|Quare Fellow (1960) Act I: We’re too old and beat for lobbywatching and shaking down anywhere.|
(b) to settle into living quarters.
|N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 5 Feb. 205/1: Considering how incongruous many of the elements are, the guests shake down together wonderfully.|
|F&H].New Mistress i n.p.: [...] I hope you’ll come and see me often as soon as you get shaken down [|
2. (also shake loose, shake out) in senses of shakedown n. (4)
(a) to blackmail, to extort money (from); thus shaker-down n., a blackmailer.
|Six Days in the Metropolis 75: Molly Brown [...] had just been pardoned out of the House of Correction , where she had been sent for shaking down the venerable John Smith.|
|Memoirs of the US Secret Service viii: Shake, Out, to ‘shake down’; to extort money from individuals.|
|Forty Years a Gambler 211: We had [...] finally shaken down a man for $1,200.|
|Artie (1963) 65: Everybody’s shakin’ him down this spring, and if he gets the gaff he’ll be flat on his back.|
|Chimmie Fadden and Mr Paul 74: De ‘stuff’ is de boodle dat de gang what runs de city shakes down from de crooks; and ‘dey’ is de shaker-downs.|
|Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 59: He puts up a beef about the elbows shakin’ him down ag’in.|
|Gullible’s Travels 162: The time he shook me down was the evenin’ he took us to hear Ada, and was supposed to be payin’ for it.‘The Water Cure’ in|
|Doughboy Dope 61: A corporalcy [...] also helps you shake loose an extra three bucks from the Disbursing Officer.|
|Lost Plays of Harlem Renaissance (1996) 57: I sure had to shakedown the bootleggers to get enough to buy that!Yellow Peril in Hatch & Hamalian|
|Brain Guy (1937) 2: Who could he shakedown without too much of a squawk?|
|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye in Four Novels (1983) 119: Any cop who’ll shake you down is a cop who’ll kill you after he gets the money.|
|Crazy Kill 98: He was trying to shake Johnny down for ten grand.|
|(con. 1920s) South of Heaven (1994) 12: You tried to shake me and Four Trey Whitey down.|
|Jones Men 58: These cats used to have a bad habit of shaking down other kids for lunch money.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 62: My brother’s a bookie, my father’s a bootlegger [...] I could make a fortune shakin’ down my own family.|
|Homeboy 8: I wasn’t tryin to shake him down or nothin.|
|Skinny Dip 129: Could be some smart-ass [...] got the bright idea to shake you down.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 17: Hastings was shaking down card games and bars.|
(b) to interrogate; to elicit information.
|Sun (NY) 13 May 14/6: I settled that mug for another trick once, and I think I can shake him down now and find out who stood foer the stuff and where it was planted.|
|Nightmare Town (2001) 377: We’ll see what we can shake the girl down for. She ought to know where Kearney hangs out.‘The First Thin Man’ in|
|Free To Love 166: We ought to be able to dig up that sling-shot expert who’s hibernating in Jersey and shake him down for a confession.|
|USA Confidential 19: Gumshoes are having a field day chasing mashers and shaking them down.|
|(con. WWII) Hollywoodland (1981) 9: The cops shook La Rue down after those FBI shootings. They couldn’t pin a thing on her.|
|Glitz 229: Whoever was with her the night she was killed, that’s the guy you want to shake down, for Christ sake.|
|Rivethead (1992) 22: Each time he shook me down for information, I turned dumber than a tree stump.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 209: Cops been shakin’ most of them down this morning, askin’ questions about Chief and his friend.|
|Outlaws (ms.) 85: People have got wind, they’re trying to shake down a bit of info but they’re firing blind.|
(c) to obtain a financial contribution from, e.g. to a political campaign.
|Pink Marsh (1963) 168: Mis’ Adams come down heah ’bout twice a week an’ shake Misteh Adams down f’ ev’y cent he’s got.|
|More Fables in Sl. (1960) 132: An Eminent Politician would come to his office to shake him down.|
(d) (also shake, of (usu.) police, to search, to raid; also (prison) to search a cell.
|Confessions of a Detective 74: The copper runs in the rich thief, and then he and the lawyer shake him down between them for the bundle. When they’ve taken all his roll, they turn him loose to get some more.|
|God’s Man 39: There’s quite a trade in laudanum since the police started shaking down the hop joints so much.|
|Hobo’s Hornbook 74: Where St. Peter runs the flop-house / And angels walk the drag, / And no cheap dick can shake you down / And take away your swag.‘The Hobo’s Last Lament’ in|
|Sex in Prison 155: It was after I was actually ‘shaken down,’ as the prisoners put it, [...] that my difficulties began.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 314: They [...] shook down every peddler they spotted.|
|Junkie (1966) 89: He got rid of the junk before the cops shook his place down.|
|Connection 80: The cops shake everyone.|
|Return of the Hood 67: I wished I had had time to shake down the place completely.|
|On the Yard (2002) 28: I got jacked up and shook down so many times it seemed like my pockets were always inside out.|
|Go-Boy! 46: The Dick would busy himself shaking down the drums for hidden contraband.|
|Death Row xvii: Shakedown means search.|
|Homeboy 205: The undercover cop [...] cuffed him without shaking him down.|
|Tragic Magic 155: They used to shake down my cell all the time.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 64: If the cops shook down our cell, we would both be charged with the shank.|
|Running the Books 165: [He] had reason to believe his cell would be shaken down.|
|Mother Jones July/Aug. [Internet] Dude! I’ma shake him the fuck down! [...] I don’t care if he's cool.|
(e) to check one’s pockets (for cash).
|From First to Last (1954) 71: ‘How much dough iss dere in dis mob?’ demanded Muller, frisking himself. We all shook ourselves down, but the most we could scare up was three or four dollars.‘The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew’ in|
(f) to pay protection to the police against one’s will.
|Amer. Law Rev. LII (1918) 892: ‘Shake down’ is paying for police protection against your will.‘Criminal Sl.’ in|
(g) to rob.
|(con. 1918) Rise and Fall of Carol Banks 164: I overheard a couple of girls at the club planning to shake him down.|
|(con. 1880s) Triggernometry (1957) 241: Sam, you and Davis go shake down the passengers.|
|(con. 1938) Cell 2455 107: How about the old gink here [...] do we shake him down too?|
|Boss of Britain’s Underworld 63: A shifty, mealy-mouthed individual, always wondering how much he could shake you down for.|
|We Shall Not Die 79: The idea to shake down Robinson had come to Petro the very day Robinson left hospital.|
|Royal Family 510: Now shake Heavyset down.|
(h) to empty out.
|In For Life 32: Ira was [...] shaking down the cashier’s section and every drawer in sight.|
(i) (US black) to have sex with.
|‘I Cram to Understand U’ [lyrics] I know you wanna shake me down / But I’m not one of the girls that go rippin around.|
|Prison Sl. 50: Shake Someone Down also Shake You Down To have sex with someone. This can be homosexual or heterosexual.|
3. to beat at cards.
|Love Is a Racket 102: Forty-five minutes was all it took for a dirty little addict to shake me down.|
to make an effort, to get to work.
|Royal Family 594: Shake it down; break some bread, you little cocksucker fuckin’ bitchmama shitass.|