Definition of downer in English:

downer

Line breaks: down¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊnə
 
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noun

informal
  • 1 (usually downers) A depressant or tranquillizing drug, especially a barbiturate: during that week I was heavily doped on downers
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    • So-called benzos - benzodiazepines include prescription downers such as Valium and Xanax - are commonly mixed with methadone.
    • It should never be used at the same time as any other depressant such as downers, alcohol, GHB, or sedatives.
    • People with bipolar disorder often go undiagnosed for years; many end up self-medicating with booze or illicit drugs - downers mostly, because they help control, if you can call it that, the manic swings of the disorder.
  • 2A dispiriting or depressing experience or factor: the thought of the danger his son was in put something of a downer on the situation
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    • Amidst a plethora of depressing statistics, perhaps the biggest downer is the fact that, for the first time since 1986, no Scot won an event on the European Tour.
    • The only downer of the day was experiencing my first Go Gel, which I gulped down after four and a half miles.
    • ‘I don't want to bring a downer on the whole situation because I'm very happy for the Boston Red Sox’ he said.
  • 3A cow or other animal that has fallen down and cannot get to its feet unaided.
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    • Two weeks later, USDA claims the animal was a downer despite an already clear line of established evidence to the contrary.
    • The suspect animal was a downer cow, one unable to walk, so it never entered the food chain, Johanns said.
    • The first U.S. mad cow was a downer animal, not able to walk due to a uterine rupture while calving.

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