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down1 British & World English

Towards or in a lower place or position, especially to or on the ground or another surface

down2 British & World English

Soft, fine, fluffy feathers which form the first covering of a young bird or an insulating layer below the contour feathers of an adult bird

down3 British & World English

A gently rolling hill

Down British & World English

One of the Six Counties of Northern Ireland, since 1973 an administrative district; chief town, Downpatrick

have something off pat British & World English

Have something memorized perfectly

pipe someone away British & World English

Dismiss someone from duty

cry someone/thing up British & World English

Praise (or disparage) someone or something

out for the count British & World English

Defeated by being knocked to the ground and unable to rise within ten seconds

clew British & World English

The lower or after corner of a sail

cut someone off in their prime British & World English

Bring someone’s life or career to an abrupt end while they are at the peak of their abilities

downs in down3 British & World English

A gently rolling hill

come back to earth British & World English

Return (or cause someone to return) to reality after a period of daydreaming or excitement

dumps British & World English

(Of a person) depressed or unhappy

stare someone out British & World English

Look fixedly at someone until they feel forced to look away

thumbs up British & World English

An indication of satisfaction or approval (or of rejection or failure)

talk someone/thing up British & World English

Discuss someone or something in a way that makes them seem more (or less) interesting or attractive

lead someone up the garden path British & World English

Give someone misleading clues or signals

along the line British & World English

At a further, later, or unspecified point

Down in Down's syndrome British & World English

A congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities including short stature and a broad facial profile. It arises from a defect involving chromosome 21, usually an extra copy (trisomy-21)

go down British & World English

(Of a ship or aircraft) sink or crash

back down British & World English

Withdraw a claim or assertion in the face of opposition

bear down British & World English

(Of a woman in labour) exert downwards pressure in order to push the baby out

beat down British & World English

(Of the sun) radiate intense heat and brightness

cash down British & World English

With immediate and full payment at the time of purchase

pat-down British & World English

An act of searching a person for concealed items such as weapons or illegal drugs, made by passing the hands over their clothing

pipe down British & World English

Stop talking; be less noisy

pull-down British & World English

(Of a menu) appearing below a menu title only while selected

put-down British & World English

A remark intended to humiliate or criticize someone

rub-down British & World English

An act of drying, smoothing down, or cleaning something by rubbing

shut down British & World English

Cease (or cause something to cease) business or operation

sit down British & World English

Encamp outside a city in order to besiege it

sit-down British & World English

Denoting a meal eaten sitting at a table

come down British & World English

(Of a building or other structure) collapse or be demolished

cut-down British & World English

Reduced in scope or length

down town British & World English

Into or in the centre of a town

down-bow British & World English

(On a stringed instrument) a stroke in which the bow, from handle to tip, is slid across the strings in a motion of the hand moving away from the strings

Down East British & World English

A name for northeastern New England and for the Maritime Provinces that is derived from an old term for sailing downwind, to the east

down-home British & World English

Connected with an unpretentious way of life, especially that of rural peoples or areas

down-low British & World English

On the quiet; in secret

drop-down British & World English

Dropping down or unfolding when required

fall down British & World English

Be inadequate or unsuccessful; fail

face down British & World English

With the face or surface turned towards the ground

step down British & World English

Withdraw or resign from an important position or office

tie-down British & World English

A device to which something may be attached or secured with rope, cord, or similar

top-down British & World English

Denoting a system of government or management in which actions and policies are initiated at the highest level; hierarchical

spin-down British & World English

A decrease in the speed of rotation of a spinning object, in particular a celestial object or computer disc

warm down British & World English

Recover from strenuous physical exertion by doing gentle stretches and exercises

warm-down British & World English

A series of gentle exercises designed to relax the body after strenuous physical exertion

wind down British & World English

(Of a mechanism, especially one operated by clockwork) gradually lose power


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