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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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The Queen Mary 2 left Southampton at 5pm on Wednesday on her short 'shake down' voyage, and is due back today.
And though the kids have played Little League together, competed against one another in junior high, freshman, and junior varsity competition, and sometimes even live next door to one another, the sound of their hitting will shake down the thunder from the frozen sky.
"I want to see how things shake down at both clubs before making a decision", explains the 31-year-old.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an outside audit of a $100 million-per-year workers' compensation fund that was controlled by a longtime city council member accused of trying to shake down the owners of a major chain of Burger King franchises.
The first of the trio of race cars was given its shake down earlier this week, while construction of the other cars is said to be bang on schedule at the hi-tech Wellingborough HQ of Chevrolet Europe Racing's partners, renowned British motor racing specialists Ray Mallock Ltd.
On completion of his shake down, he was informed by his CO, Commander Sir Geoffrey Congreve, that, 'You are the First Lieutenant aboard this vessel and everything is your fault and don't you ever forget it.'
However, the final placings shake down on Sunday evening the Giants will go into the play-offs as opponents no other team will want to face, especially at the Odyssey.
In what was effectively a shake down for the Le Mans 24-Hour classic in June, the German pairing of Frank Biela and Marco Werner, partnered by Austrian Phillip Peter, pipped the Florida- based ADT Champion team's similar R8 by just a whisker over 13 seconds after almost 1400 miles of racing.
Next month, Salo and McCarthy head to Florida to meet up with Ulsterman Jonny Kane, who deputises for Biela as they shake down their R8 in the Sebring 12-Hour race, a perfect warm-up for the main event to take place on June 14-15.
This is likely to shake down to 30-50 over the next few years."
The indictment follows charges in January accusing Burke of trying to shake down a fast-food business seeking city remodeling permits.
But election campaigns are fund-raising opportunities for the rebels, who shake down candidates in the guise of collecting "permit-to-campaign fees," so any resumption of the talks is unlikely before the elections.