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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

down1 English Thesaurus

they went down in the lift

down2 English Thesaurus

the young puffin stopped preening tufts of grey down from its feathers

Down New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

county of Northern Ireland

clew British & World English

The lower or after corner of a sail

out for the count British & World English

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

cry someone/thing up British & World English

Praise (or disparage) someone or something

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

dumps British & World English

(Of a person) depressed or unhappy

come back to earth British & World English

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

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

have something off pat British & World English

Have something memorized perfectly

pipe someone away British & World English

Dismiss someone from duty

stare someone out British & World English

Look fixedly at someone until they feel forced to look away

talk someone/thing up British & World English

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

thumbs up British & World English

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

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

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

face down British & World English

With the face or surface turned towards the ground

fall down British & World English

Be inadequate or unsuccessful; fail

gear down British & World English

Change to a lower gear

get down British & World English

Dance energetically

keep down British & World English

Stay hidden by crouching or lying down

kick down British & World English

Change quickly into a lower gear in a car with an automatic transmission by a sudden full depression of the accelerator

kick-down British & World English

A device for changing gear in a motor vehicle with automatic transmission by full depression of the accelerator

lash down British & World English

(Of rain) fall very heavily

let down British & World English

(Of an aircraft or a pilot) descend prior to making a landing

let-down British & World English

A disappointment

lie-down British & World English

A short rest in which one lies down on a bed, sofa, etc.

low-down British & World English

Mean and unfair


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