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      vb   tr, adv  
1    to belittle or humiliate  
2    to deceive or cheat  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
down          [1]  
1    used to indicate movement from a higher to a lower position  
they went down the mountain     
2    at a lower or further level or position on, in, or along  
he ran down the street     
3    downwards; at or to a lower level or position  
don't fall down     
4    particle   used with many verbs when the result of the verb's action is to lower or destroy its object  
pull down, knock down, bring down     
5    particle   used with several verbs to indicate intensity or completion  
calm down     
6    immediately  
cash down     
7    on paper  
write this down     
8    arranged; scheduled  
the meeting is down for next week     
9    in a helpless position  
they had him down on the ground     
a    away from a more important place  
down from London     
b    away from a more northerly place  
down from Scotland     
c    (of a member of some British universities) away from the university; on vacation  
d    in a particular part of a country  
down south     
11      (Nautical)   (of a helm) having the rudder to windward  
12    reduced to a state of lack or want  
down to the last pound     
13    lacking a specified amount  
at the end of the day the cashier was ten pounds down     
14    lower in price  
bacon is down     
15    including all intermediate terms, grades, people, etc.  
from managing director down to tea-lady     
16    from an earlier to a later time  
the heirloom was handed down     
17    to a finer or more concentrated state  
to grind down, boil down     
18      (Sport)   being a specified number of points, goals, etc. behind another competitor, team, etc.  
six goals down     
19    (of a person) being inactive, owing to illness  
down with flu     
20    functioning as imperative   (to dogs)  
down Rover!     
21    functioning as imperative  
down with   wanting the end of somebody or something  
down with the king!     
22    get down on something     (Austral. and N.Z.)   to procure something, esp. in advance of needs or in anticipation of someone else  
23    postpositive   depressed or miserable  
24    prenominal   of or relating to a train or trains from a more important place or one regarded as higher  
the down line     
25    postpositive   (of a device, machine, etc., esp. a computer) temporarily out of action  
26    made in cash  
a down payment     
27    down to   the responsibility or fault of  
this defeat was down to me     
28    tr   to knock, push or pull down  
29    intr   to go or come down  
30    tr  
Informal   to drink, esp. quickly  
he downed three gins     
31    tr   to bring (someone) down, esp. by tackling  
32      (American football)   one of a maximum of four consecutive attempts by one team to advance the ball a total of at least ten yards  
33    a descent; downward movement  
34    a lowering or a poor period (esp. in the phrase ups and downs)  
35    have a down on  
Informal   to bear ill will towards (someone or something)  
     (Old English dune, short for adune, variant of of dune, literally: from the hill, from of, off + dun hill; see down3)  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    blue, dejected, depressed, disheartened, dismal, downcast, down in the dumps     (informal)   low, miserable, sad, sick as a parrot     (informal)   unhappy  
2    bring down, deck     (slang)   fell, floor, knock down, overthrow, prostrate, subdue, tackle, throw, trip  
3      (informal)   drain, drink (down), gulp, put away, swallow, toss off  
4    decline, descent, drop, dropping, fall, falling, reverse  
5    have a down on        (informal)   be antagonistic or hostile to, be anti     (informal)   bear a grudge towards, be contra     (informal)   be prejudiced against, be set against, feel ill will towards, have it in for     (slang)  
6    down with      away with, get rid of, kick out     (informal)   oust, push out  

back down     
accede, admit defeat, back-pedal, concede, give in, surrender, withdraw, yield  
bear down  
1    burden, compress, encumber, press down, push, strain, weigh down  
2    advance on, approach, attack, close in, converge on, move in  
bed down     
hit the hay     (slang)   lie, retire, settle down, sleep, turn in     (informal)  
bog down     
delay, halt, impede, sink, slow down, slow up, stall, stick  
boil down     
come down, condense, decrease, reduce, summarize  
break down     
be overcome, collapse, come unstuck, conk out     (informal)   crack up     (informal)   fail, fall apart at the seams, give way, go kaput     (informal)   go phut, go to pieces, seize up, stop, stop working  
bring down     
abase, cut down, drop, fell, floor, lay low, level, lower, overthrow, overturn, pull down, reduce, shoot down, undermine, upset  
collapsed, dilapidated, in disrepair, inoperative, kaput     (informal)   not functioning, not in working order, old, on the blink     (slang)   on the fritz     (U.S. slang)   out of commission, out of order, worn out  
buckle down     
apply oneself, exert oneself, launch into, pitch in, put one's shoulder to the wheel, set to  
cast down     
deject, depress, desolate, discourage, dishearten, dispirit  
climb down  
1    descend, dismount  
2    back down, eat crow     (U.S. informal)   eat one's words, retract, retreat  
come down  
1    decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, fall, go downhill, go to pot     (informal)   reduce, worsen  
2    choose, decide, favour, recommend  
come down on     
bawl out     (informal)   blast, carpet     (informal)   chew out     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   criticize, dress down     (informal)   give (someone) a rocket     (Brit. & N.Z. informal)   jump on     (informal)   lambast(e), put down, rap over the knuckles, read the riot act, rebuke, reprimand, tear into     (informal)   tear (someone) off a strip     (Brit. informal)  
come down to     
amount to, boil down to, end up as, result in  
come down with     
ail, be stricken with, catch, contract, fall ill, fall victim to, get, sicken, take, take sick  
cry down     
asperse, bad-mouth     (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   belittle, decry, denigrate, disparage, knock     (informal)   rubbish     (informal)   run down, slag (off)     (slang)  
cut down  
1    fell, hew, level, lop, raze  
2      (sometimes with)       on   decrease, lessen, lower, reduce  
3    blow away     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   dispatch, kill, massacre, mow down, slaughter, slay     (archaic)   take out     (slang)  
4    cut (someone) down to size      abash, humiliate, make (someone) look small, take the wind out of (someone's) sails  
down and out  
      adj   derelict, destitute, dirt-poor     (informal)   flat broke     (informal)   impoverished, on one's uppers     (informal)   penniless, ruined, short, without two pennies to rub together     (informal)  
2    down-and-out     
      n   bag lady     (chiefly U.S.)   beggar, bum     (informal)   derelict, dosser     (Brit. slang)   loser, outcast, pauper, tramp, vagabond, vagrant  
bush-league     (Austral. & N.Z. informal)   cheap, cheap and nasty     (informal)   inferior, lowbrow, low-grade, low-quality, second-rate, shoddy, tacky     (informal)   tawdry, two-bit     (U.S. & Canad. slang)  
   elite, exclusive, first-rate, highbrow, high-class, high-quality, posh     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   superior, top-quality, up-market  
common-sense, hard-headed, matter-of-fact, mundane, no-nonsense, plain-spoken, practical, realistic, sane, sensible, unsentimental  
dress down     
bawl out     (informal)   berate, carpet     (informal)   castigate, chew out     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   give a rocket     (Brit. & N.Z. informal)   haul over the coals, rap over the knuckles, read the riot act, rebuke, reprimand, reprove, scold, slap on the wrist, tear into     (informal)   tear (someone) off a strip     (Brit. informal)   tell off     (informal)   upbraid  
fall down     
disappoint, fail, fail to make the grade, fall short, go wrong, prove unsuccessful  
fight down     
bottle up, control, curb, hold back, repress, restrain, suppress  
get down  
1    alight, bring down, climb down, descend, disembark, dismount, get off, lower, step down  
2    bring down, depress, dishearten, dispirit  
go down  
1    be beaten, collapse, decline, decrease, drop, fall, founder, go under, lose, set, sink, submerge, submit, suffer defeat  
2    be commemorated, be recalled, be recorded, be remembered  
hand down      , on  
bequeath, give, grant, pass on or down, transfer, will  
      adj   cast-off, handed down, inherited, passed on, reach-me-down     (informal)   second-hand, used, worn  
knock down     
batter, clout     (informal)   deck     (slang)   demolish, destroy, fell, floor, level, pound, raze, smash, wallop     (informal)   wreck  
lay down  
1    discard, drop, give, give up, relinquish, surrender, yield  
2    affirm, assume, establish, formulate, ordain, postulate, prescribe, stipulate  
let down     
disappoint, disenchant, disillusion, dissatisfy, fail, fall short, leave in the lurch, leave stranded  
look down on      , upon  
contemn, despise, disdain, hold in contempt, look down one's nose at     (informal)   misprize, scorn, sneer, spurn, treat with contempt, turn one's nose up (at)     (informal)  
base, cheap     (informal)   contemptible, despicable, low, mean, nasty, reprehensible, scurvy, ugly, underhand  
mow down     
blow away     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   butcher, cut down, cut to pieces, massacre, shoot down, slaughter  
pin down  
1    compel, constrain, force, make, press, pressurize  
2    designate, determine, home in on, identify, locate, name, pinpoint, specify  
3    bind, confine, constrain, fix, hold, hold down, immobilize, nail down, tie down  
pipe down     
belt up     (slang)   be quiet, button it     (slang)   button one's lip     (slang)   hold one's tongue, hush, put a sock in it     (Brit. slang)   quieten down, shush, shut one's mouth, shut up     (informal)   silence  
play down     
gloss over, make light of, make little of, minimize, set no store by, soft-pedal     (informal)   underplay, underrate  
pull down     
bulldoze, demolish, destroy, raze, remove  
   build, construct, erect, put up, raise, set up  
barb, dig, disparagement, gibe, humiliation, kick in the teeth     (slang)   knock     (informal)   one in the eye     (informal)   rebuff, sarcasm, slight, sneer, snub  
put down  
1    enter, inscribe, log, record, set down, take down, transcribe, write down  
2    crush, quash, quell, repress, silence, stamp out, suppress  
3      (with)       to   ascribe, attribute, impute, set down  
4    destroy, do away with, put away, put out of its misery, put to sleep  
5      (slang)   condemn, crush, deflate, dismiss, disparage, humiliate, mortify, reject, shame, slight, snub  
1    below par, debilitated, drained, enervated, exhausted, fatigued, out of condition, peaky, tired, under the weather     (informal)   unhealthy, weak, weary, worn-out  
2    broken-down, decrepit, dilapidated, dingy, ramshackle, seedy, shabby, tumbledown, worn-out  
1    fighting fit, fine, fit, fit as a fiddle, full of beans     (informal)   healthy, well  
run down  
1    curtail, cut, cut back, decrease, downsize, drop, pare down, reduce, trim  
2    debilitate, exhaust, sap the strength of, tire, undermine the health of, weaken  
3    asperse, bad-mouth     (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   belittle, criticize adversely, decry, defame, denigrate, disparage, knock     (informal)   put down, revile, rubbish     (informal)   slag (off)     (slang)   speak ill of, vilify  
4    hit, knock down, knock over, run into, run over, strike  
shout down     
drown, drown out, overwhelm, silence  
shut down     
cease, cease operating, close, discontinue, halt, shut up, stop, switch off  
simmer down     
calm down, collect oneself, contain oneself, control oneself, cool off or down, get down off one's high horse     (informal)   grow quieter, unwind     (informal)  
slap down     
bring to heel, put (someone) in his place, rebuke, reprimand, restrain, squash  
step down     
abdicate, bow out, give up, hand over, leave, pull out, quit, resign, retire  
strike down     
afflict, bring low, deal a deathblow to, destroy, kill, ruin, slay, smite  
take down  
1    make a note of, minute, note, put on record, record, set down, transcribe, write down  
2    depress, drop, haul down, let down, lower, pull down, remove, take off  
3    demolish, disassemble, dismantle, level, raze, take apart, take to pieces, tear down  
4    deflate, humble, humiliate, mortify, put down     (slang)  
tone down     
dampen, dim, mitigate, moderate, modulate, play down, reduce, restrain, soften, soft-pedal     (informal)   subdue, temper  
track down     
apprehend, bring to light, capture, catch, dig up, discover, expose, ferret out, find, hunt down, run to earth or ground, sniff out, trace, unearth  
turn down  
1    diminish, lessen, lower, muffle, mute, quieten, reduce the volume of, soften  
2    abstain from, decline, rebuff, refuse, reject, repudiate, say no to, spurn, throw out  
1    amplify, augment, boost, increase, raise, strengthen, swell, turn up  
2    accede, accept, acquiesce, agree, receive, take  
upside down  
1    bottom up, inverted, on its head, overturned, upturned, wrong side up  
2      (informal)   chaotic, confused, disordered, higgledy-piggledy     (informal)   in chaos, in confusion, in disarray, in disorder, jumbled, muddled, topsy-turvy  
water down  
1    add water to, adulterate, dilute, put water in, thin, water, weaken  
2    adulterate, mitigate, qualify, soften, tone down, weaken  
1    fortify, purify, strengthen, thicken  
wear down  
1    abrade, be consumed, consume, corrode, erode, grind down, rub away  
2    chip away at     (informal)   fight a war of attrition against, overcome gradually, reduce, undermine  
weigh down     
bear down, burden, depress, get down, oppress, overburden, overload, press down, trouble, weigh upon, worry  
   alleviate, ease, hearten, help, lift, lighten, refresh, relieve, unburden  
wind down     
cool off, decline, diminish, dwindle, lessen, reduce, relax, slacken, subside, taper off, unwind  
   accelerate, amplify, escalate, expand, heat up, increase, intensify, magnify, step up  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
to be likely to do something
banks set to miss lending targets
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
calm down!
relax, calm down
said to make someone temper his nerves or enthusiasm. E.g.: Chill out, I didn't take your car!
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
metaphoric expression for getting married
drinking out of a can or a bottle without touching it with the lips, by pouring the content from distance
leave without paying (in a restaurant for example)
[Slang] aka: dine and dash
to do sth well
a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be good or successful and thus, to rather stick to what they can do best, namely, their job
Ex.: Although she had poured her whole heart and soul into her singing at the karaoke, her somewhat cruel but nonetheless lucid friends told her: 'don't give up the day job!'
something is easy to do
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
abbr. acron.
I don't give a fuck
do or say something exactly right
My bestie hit the nail on the head when she figured out why I was worried / Identifying the specific cause of the failure, the technician hit the nail on the head
polite expression offering to do something for someone
l'habit ne fait pas le moine
abbr. acron.
Short for "I don't know".
something used to make someone do what you want
We can use the money as a bargaining chip in the negotiations.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
he is trying to perusal-de someone to do what he doesn't want to do. Il fait pression sur moi.
to do two things at the same time using the effort needed to do only one
used to tell someone that you do not know any more about a subject than they do
Ex: Jill: 'How long should we bake this pie?' Jane: 'Your guess is as good as mine'.
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