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shake down

Informal chiefly US
a. a voyage to test the performance of a ship or aircraft or to familiarize the crew with their duties
b. (as modifier): a shakedown run
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According to Gibson, another advantage of horizontal grinders is that since they are chain-fed machines, a good deal of sand and dirt tends to shake down and exit through the bottom onto the belt, bypassing the hammermill altogether, resulting in more even wear.
How those glorious names used to shake down the thunder from the sky: Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Red Grange, Johnny Weissmuller, Bill Tilden, Tommy Hitchcock, Sonja Henie, Charlie Paddock, Bobby Jones, and Paavo Nurmi.
Who knew the Black Panthers used to confront and shake down poor Jimi for cash after his shows?
Nierenberg interlaces his story of gospel's coming of age with plenty of foot-pounding, handclapping tunes that let out the Spirit and shake down the rafters.
He also must have had to shake down every rollerblader on the premises to get enough wax to make that thing slide, 'cause it's ROUGH.
Bridgend driver Pesticcio, last year's Mitsubishi EVO Challenge winner, brought out his new 280 bhp EVO 7 at the popular Sweet Lamb stage during a pre-season shake down in Mid Wales.
Their tactics are no better than [those of] the thugs in the 1930s who used to shake down businesses and stores for protection money.
What has been less noted is that candidates now shake down the PACs.
She was caught on a hidden video camera trying to shake down a reporter posing as a business for 500,000 dollars in exchange for meeting her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.
1 would regularly shake down middle-aged men just to earn his green fees.
And politicians themselves can also easily line their pockets from fat book contracts or shake down corporations for donations to their "family foundations" and trusts.