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shakedown

n. an act of extortion. (Underworld.) Mary was giving Bruno the shakedown, so he tried to put her out of the way.
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That would be a blatant and direct violation of one of those very ethics reforms which Hahn went along with after the district attorney and FBI began investigating whether the mayor's administration was engaging in pay-to-play shakedowns of city contractors.
And if Gardai want to carry out spot shakedowns of anyone who even looks suspicious, why not.
Performance shakedowns are ongoing as Okapi enters the final preparation phase for its ipXcelerator launch slated for the upcoming SERVER I/O Conference and Tradeshow in Monterey, Calif.
First there's the violence - the shootings, robberies and shakedowns that keep beat cops on a daily offensive.
It's time to end the instability and the infighting that have made the LAPD the fodder for political shakedowns and a diminished law enforcement agency.