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down
I.adverb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a bird swoops down (=it suddenly flies down)
▪ The bird swoops down on its prey.
a car breaks down (=stops working because something is wrong with it)
▪ On the way home on the motorway the car broke down.
a car slows down
▪ The car slowed down and stopped outside our house.
a computer is down (=is not working)
a ditch runs along/down etc sth
▪ A muddy ditch ran along the side of the field.
a down payment (=a small payment for something you are buying, when you will pay the rest later)
▪ We were able to put a down payment on an apartment.
a fire dies down (=it burns less strongly)
▪ The fire slowly died down.
a flame dies down (=burns less strongly)
▪ By evening, the flames had gradually died down.
a level falls/goes down/decreases
▪ Pollution levels have fallen slightly.
a marriage breaks down/up (=ends because of disagreements)
▪ Liz’s marriage broke up after only eight months.
a mist comes down/in (=comes to a place)
▪ The mist came down like a curtain.
a number falls/drops/goes down/decreases/declines
▪ The number of new houses being built is falling steadily.
a plane touches down (=lands safely on the ground)
▪ As soon as the plane touched down on the runway, I felt better.
a price goes down/falls/decreases
▪ In real terms, the price of clothes has fallen over the last ten years.
a system breaks down/fails
▪ An alarm sounds a warning before the system breaks down.
a system fails/breaks down
▪ If your immune system breaks down, you will be vulnerable to infections.
an agreement breaks down (=it stops working)
beat sb hands down (=beat someone very easily)
▪ He should be able to beat them all hands down.
Blow me down
Blow me down if she didn’t just run off!
bobbed...up and down
▪ The boat bobbed gently up and down on the water.
bouncing up and down
▪ Stop bouncing up and down on the sofa.
bow down in worship
▪ Come, let us bow down in worship.
break down and weep (=start crying)
▪ As she watched his plane taxi away, she broke down and wept.
break down in tears (=suddenly start crying)
▪ I broke down in tears when I read the letter.
break/tear down barriers
▪ Most companies have broken down the old barriers of status among the workers.
bring a plane down (=land it)
▪ He ran out of fuel and had to bring the plane down on a road leading to the village.
bring down a government (=force it to lose power)
▪ It was a major scandal that nearly brought down the government.
came crashing down
▪ A large branch came crashing down.
came down on...like a ton of bricks (=very severely)
▪ I made the mistake of answering back, and she came down on me like a ton of bricks.
cast down
▪ She could not bear to see him so miserable and cast down.
casting her eyes down
▪ She blushed, casting her eyes down.
climb (up/down) a ladder
▪ He climbed the ladder up to the diving platform.
close/shut (down) a factory
▪ The factory was closed down in 2006.
come down hard on
▪ We need to come down hard on young offenders.
come down with a cold (also go down with a cold British English)informal (= catch one)
▪ A lot of people go down with colds at this time of year.
come up/down a ladder
▪ Dickson came up the ladder from the engine room.
consumption falls/decreases/goes down
▪ Coal consumption has fallen dramatically.
cracking down hard
▪ The police are cracking down hard on violent crime.
cut down a forest
▪ The forest was cut down to make way for housing.
dismiss/throw out/turn down an appeal (=not give permission for a decision to be changed)
▪ The taxpayer's appeal was dismissed and the penalty upheld.
Down below,
Down below, people were talking and laughing.
down payment
▪ We’ve almost got enough money to make a down payment on a house.
down to...last penny
▪ She’s down to her last penny.
down your drink (=drink it very quickly)
▪ He downed his drink and stood up.
Down's syndrome
Downing Street
▪ Downing Street declined to comment on the allegations.
drag...down to...level
▪ Don’t let them drag you down to their level.
draw up/lay down a code (=create one)
▪ The syndicate decided to draw up a code of conduct for its members.
drive on/along/down the motorway
▪ He was driving along the motorway at a steady sixty miles an hour.
enrol on a course/put your name down for a courseBritish English (= to arrange to officially join a course)
▪ How about enrolling on a sailing course?
fall/go down in value
▪ There is a risk that the shares may fall in value.
falling down on the job
▪ The local authority is falling down on the job of keeping the streets clean.
fall/sit down etc with a bump
▪ Rose fell, landing with a bump.
farther away/apart/down/along etc
▪ The boats were drifting farther and farther apart.
▪ a resort town farther up the coast
flushed...down the toilet
▪ She flushed the rest of her drink down the toilet.
force prices/interest rates etc down/up
▪ The effect will be to increase unemployment and force down wages.
from the waist up/down (=in the top or bottom half of your body)
▪ Lota was paralysed from the waist down.
further down the road (=in the future)
▪ It might be a sign, much further down the road, of a change in policy.
further/lower down a scale
▪ Bonuses are not paid to people lower down the salary scale.
get down to the nitty-gritty
▪ Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and work out the costs.
get/keep your weight down (=become thinner or stay thin)
▪ How can I keep my weight down?
give your life/lay down your life (=die in order to save other people, or because of a strong belief)
▪ These men gave their lives during the war to keep us free.
go down a hill
▪ It's best to use a low gear when you are going down steep hills.
go down by 10%/250/$900 etc
▪ Spending has gone down by 2%.
go down in history (=be remembered for many years)
▪ She will go down in history as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
go down in history (=be remembered for many years)
▪ The carnival will go down in history as one of the best ever.
go up/come down in sb’s estimation (=be respected or admired more or less by someone)
go up/down a ladder
▪ Be careful going down the ladder!
got bogged down
▪ The car got bogged down in the mud.
got the thumbs down
▪ Her performance got the thumbs down from the critics.
go/walk down a mountain
▪ She lost her way as she went down the mountain.
hand sth down from generation to generation
▪ Native Australians hand down stories and songs from generation to generation.
hands down (=very easily or by a large amount)
▪ Everyone expected Sam to win hands down.
hard/difficult to pin down
▪ The flavour was hard to pin down.
have a lie down
▪ I’m going upstairs to have a lie down.
have/get sth down to a fine art (=do something very well)
▪ I’ve got the early morning routine down to a fine art.
hold down a job (=keep a job)
▪ He had never been able to hold down a job.
impose/hand down a sentence (=officially give someone a sentence)
▪ The judge imposed a three-year sentence.
It all comes down to
It all comes down to money in the end.
It’s pelting down
It’s pelting down out there.
jot down/scribble notes (=write them down quickly)
▪ The jurors were scribbling notes as the witness gave evidence.
jumped down
▪ The cats jumped down and came to meet us.
jumping up and down (=jumping repeatedly)
▪ Fans were jumping up and down and cheering.
keep inflation down (=keep it at a low level)
▪ These policies will help to keep inflation down.
keep it down
▪ Can you keep it down – I’m trying to work.
keep your voice down (=not speak loudly)
▪ Keep your voice down, they’ll hear you!
Keep your voice down
Keep your voice down – she’ll hear you!
laid down by statute (=established by law)
▪ Protection for the consumer is laid down by statute .
laugh till you cry/laugh till the tears run down your face
▪ He leaned back in his chair and laughed till the tears ran down his face.
lay down a principle (=describe a principle and make it accepted)
▪ The report lays down general principles for the teaching of English.
lay down...arms
▪ The terrorists were urged to lay down their arms.
lay down/establish ground rules for sth
▪ Our book lays down the ground rules for building a patio successfully.
lay down/set/impose conditions (=say what sb must agree to)
▪ They laid down certain conditions before agreeing to the ceasefire.
laying down tracks
▪ They are just about to start laying down tracks for their second album.
let down badly
▪ She had been let down badly in the past.
let the side downBritish English (= disappoint a group of people that you belong to)
lie down
▪ I’m going upstairs to have a lie down.
look sb up and down (=look at someone in order to judge their appearance or character)
▪ Maisie looked her rival up and down with a critical eye.
low down
▪ There was a hole low down in the hedge.
low down
▪ She pulled her hat low down over her eyes.
lower down the line
▪ There should be more direct discussion between managers and workers lower down the line.
make a down payment on
▪ We’ve almost got enough money to make a down payment on a house.
mosey on down
▪ I guess I’ll mosey on down to the store now.
move up/down a scale
▪ Some farmers prospered and moved up the social scale.
negotiations break down (=stop because of disagreement)
▪ The negotiations broke down over a dispute about working conditions.
open/pull down/draw the blinds
pacing...up and down
▪ I found Mark at the hospital, pacing restlessly up and down.
paralysed from the neck/chest/waist down
play down the importance/seriousness/significance of sth
▪ The White House spokeswoman sought to play down the significance of the event.
profits are up/down
▪ Pre-tax profits were up 21.5%.
pull down/knock down/tear down a building
▪ All the medieval buildings were torn down.
pull down/knock down/tear down a building
▪ All the medieval buildings were torn down.
pull down/knock down/tear down a building
▪ All the medieval buildings were torn down.
put down the telephone
▪ Before he could respond, she’d put down the telephone.
put down/replace the receiver
put poison down (=put it somewhere to kill an animal)
▪ One way of getting rid of rats or mice is to put poison down.
put the phone down
▪ I only remembered his name after I had put the phone down.
put your success down to sth (=say that your success was the result of it)
▪ They put their success down to their excellent teamwork.
reduce inflation/get inflation down
▪ The government has promised to reduce inflation to 3%.
▪ The government's top priority is to get inflation down to 2%.
reduce/cut/bring down unemployment
▪ The government is spending more on projects to cut unemployment.
reduce/lower/bring down the cost
▪ If you go later in the year, it will bring down the cost of your holiday.
refuse/reject/turn down an application (=say no to an application)
▪ Their planning application was rejected because of a lack of parking facilities.
refuse/turn down an invitation (also decline an invitationformal)
▪ She turned down an invitation to take part in a televised debate.
reject/turn down sb's resignation
▪ Initially, his resignation was rejected.
▪ He offered his resignation but it was turned down by the Prime Minister.
roll up/down a window (=open or shut the window in a car)
▪ Lucy rolled the window down and waved to him.
sales fall/drop/go down (=become lower)
▪ European sales have fallen by 12%.
sb’s income falls/goes down
▪ Average income fell by one third during this period.
sent a chill down...spine (=made her very frightened)
▪ There was something in his tone that sent a chill down Melissa’s spine.
set to/get to/get down to work (=start work)
▪ They set to work cutting down trees and brushwood.
set/lay down a standard
▪ The government sets standards that all hospitals must reach.
shares fall/go down (=their value decreases)
▪ Shares fell sharply on the London Stock Market yesterday.
shoot down a plane
▪ The guerrillas shot down an Israeli fighter plane.
shot down in flames
▪ I tried to help, but all my suggestions were shot down in flames, as usual.
shut down a computer (=close the programs and stop it working)
sit (down) at the piano
▪ She sat down at the piano and began to play.
slam the phone down (=put it down hard, because you are angry)
▪ I was so mad I just slammed the phone down.
split sth in two/down the middle
▪ The war has split the nation in two.
stand down from a committee (=leave it)
▪ Everyone was sorry when he stood down from the committee.
stripped down to (=removed all her clothes except her bra and pants)
▪ Terry stripped down to her bra and pants and tried on the dress.
suit sb down to the groundinformal (= suit someone very well)
▪ Country life suits you down to the ground.
sun blazed down
▪ The sun blazed down as we walked along the valley.
suppress/crush/put down a rebellion (=end it by force)
▪ Troops moved in to suppress the rebellion.
suppress/crush/put down a revolt (=end it by force)
▪ The Russians speedily crushed the revolt.
talks break down/collapse (=stop because of disagreement)
▪ Talks broke down today between the Russian and Japanese delegations.
tears run/roll/stream down sb’s face
▪ Oliver laughed until tears ran down his face.
the cost falls/goes down
▪ Airline costs have fallen considerably.
the economy slows down
▪ The US economy is slowing down after a long period of growth.
the excitement dies down (=people stop feeling excited)
▪ The excitement after last month's elections is beginning to die down.
the fog comes down (also the fog descendsliterary) (= it appears)
▪ Day after day the fog came down.
the laughter dies (down) (=stops)
▪ The laughter died instantly as Robert walked in.
the quality goes up/down
▪ I think the quality has gone down over the years.
the rain comes down (=it falls)
▪ If the rain starts coming down, we can always go inside.
▪ The monsoon rain comes down in sheets.
the rain pelts down (=it comes down fast)
▪ The rain was now pelting down.
the rain pours down (=a lot of rain comes down)
▪ The rain was pouring down and I was quickly soaked.
the rate goes down (also the rate falls/decreasesmore formal)
▪ We are expecting unemployment rates to fall.
the sun beats down/blazes down (=shines with a lot of light and heat)
▪ The sun beats down on us as we work.
the sun beats down/blazes down (=shines with a lot of light and heat)
▪ The sun beats down on us as we work.
the sun sets/goes down (=disappears at the end of the day)
▪ It is a good place to sit and watch the sun go down.
the wind drops/dies down (=becomes less strong)
▪ The wind had dropped a little.
things...calm down
▪ It took months for things to calm down after we had the baby.
throw away/pass up/turn down a chance (=not accept or use an opportunity)
▪ Imagine throwing up a chance to go to America!
turn down/refuse/reject/decline an offer (=say no to it)
▪ She declined the offer of a lift.
turn the heating down/up
▪ Can you turn the heating down a bit?
turn the radio down/up (=make it quieter or louder)
▪ Can you turn your radio down a bit?
turn the television up/down (=make it louder or quieter)
▪ Rory had turned the television up so loud that the people next door complained.
turn the volume up/down
▪ Can you turn the volume up?
turned him down (=refused his offer of marriage)
▪ Josie’s already turned him down.
upside down
▪ To get the plant out of the pot, turn it upside down and give it a gentle knock.
upside down
▪ an upside down U shape
went down a treat (=members liked it very much)
▪ The speech went down a treat with members .
went down like a lead balloon (=was not popular or successful)
▪ The idea went down like a lead balloon.
went down...pit (=worked in a coal mine)
▪ Dad first went down the pit when he was 15 years old.
zoom off/around/down etc
▪ Brenda jumped in the car and zoomed off.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ VERB
bend
▪ Now I can walk up hill without puffing and can bend down without grunting.
▪ After Primo bends down and scratches her head, she walks over to the mailman and sniffs his foot.
▪ Then he glides across to the other side of the room and bends down.
▪ He bends down, picks up a small rock and throws it at the Hotelito.
▪ In most cases it will be easier to groom the dog on a table, as this saves having to bend down.
▪ If he or she asks you to pick something up, assert yourself or defuse the situation but don't bend down.
▪ He was seen to bend down at two drains near his home.
climb
▪ Mr Honecker is up a pole and all the ladders offered him to climb down would be an admission of failure.
▪ I went across to Nina and asked her to climb down.
▪ Murphy climbed down and opened the door for her.
▪ I then start to climb down.
▪ They have false floors, so beware, it is very dangerous to climb down into them!
▪ She climbed down the dune and walked towards him.
▪ The coachman climbed down slowly and held up both hands.
come
▪ The study doors are those that face one as one comes down the great staircase.
▪ When he died, the widow came down here once to sign the papers when the place was sold.
▪ But this is what it comes down to.
▪ Maybe, but the once pricey products that use this satellite technology have come down to earth.
▪ Gentle probing brought deflection, anything stronger and the barriers came down.
▪ Already dusk was coming down hard.
▪ Nine priests came down from Oxford and tried to lay the troubled soul to rest in a nearby pool.
▪ I shoot baskets and I see a car coming down.
drop
▪ He is a natural opener, and Paul Terry has dropped down the order to accommodate him.
▪ Horses and mules dropped down dead, exhausted with the effort to move their loads through the hideous medium.
▪ Trent dropped down into the galley and took his time searching out a tin of ginger biscuits.
▪ Key dropped down for a sidearm fastball with two strikes, but he left it up around the chin.
▪ Just the thing to stop you from dropping down dead after strutting your stuff to the latest chart topper!
▪ Song or no song, he had dropped down on the bed beside her and put his hand over hers.
▪ Then, on the second day, we dropped down into the lowest part of the crater to reach the hot springs.
▪ Then he dropped down, and was evidently reloading his piece.
fall
▪ These had perhaps once been outhouses which had long ago fallen down.
▪ If he remembered correctly one simply blanked out and fell down.
▪ On the way into the office she fell down a flight of stairs and was injured.
▪ They are way too big for meso big that every time I try to walk in them, I fall down.
▪ His thick brown hair fell down the sides of his face.
▪ Jim Kohler, 74, who runs the league, said Impastato fell down more than once while running the bases.
▪ She had been descending the stairs when she'd slipped and had fallen down numerous steps.
▪ The attorney general is supposed to act only when the law enforcement is falling down or broken down in a local community.
glance
▪ He glanced down at the amount.
▪ He glanced down at his tally.
▪ As he moved past the man's shoulder on his way back, Harry could not help glancing down at the book.
▪ I looked up at him as suddenly as if he had spoken to me, and he glanced down and nodded.
▪ Ianthe was surprised not to fed the usual pang of nostalgia as she glanced down towards Westminster Cathedral.
▪ I glanced down to see that a well-aimed egg had turned my blouse into an ugly mess.
▪ Jean-Paul glanced down at his own suit, which was too tight for him, and damned uncomfortable.
go
▪ The sun was going down and it was in a warm twilight that they reached the summit of their climb.
▪ Meanwhile, economists argue about whether the true cost of healthcare has even gone down under managed care.
▪ I became paralysed, unable to go down or up.
▪ My shield went down to block it.
▪ I fish such a bait on a 14 hook, or go down to a 16 if the bream are being finicky.
▪ We saw all that go down.
▪ The others went down, and he removed the back ups before following on himself.
▪ Several of them said they expect that insurance premiums will go down as the number of policyholders goes up.
hand
▪ Your dislike for Maman was handed down to me, wasn't it?
▪ In 1969, the U. S. Supreme Court handed down a historic decision that challenged the reasonableness test.
▪ Serious offences such as murder are tried by juries in crown courts, which have powers to hand down heavier sentences.
▪ The beauty of Cecilia Druitt was handed down to all the daughters of the family generation to generation.
▪ Meanwhile work on full employment policy had been handed down by the politicians to a committee of officials.
▪ The verdict was handed down on a Saturday.
▪ The following judgments were handed down.
▪ These skills are handed down from mother to daughter through the generations.
hold
▪ They may be held down with scotch tape.
▪ But this was not a night when Weinke was going to be held down for long by the Gators.
▪ His existence had been particularly dull, holding down brief part-time work selling clothes in Manchester's underground fashion world.
▪ Even the increase proposed will put pressure on Congress to hold down other spending or dip into funds earmarked for Social Security.
▪ Celia came down holding the baby, who had gone blue and stopped breathing.
▪ Robert Crehan claims he was held down as the body building star repeatedly kicked him.
▪ Frye was expounding on the dangers of holding down a job while taking a full load of courses.
knock
▪ He died in Florence 26 December 1924, after being knocked down by a motor vehicle in London.
▪ Lane was running when he was knocked down, and continued to churn forward.
▪ In the end McGuigan battled through 15 rounds, and was knocked down twice, before losing on points.
▪ Out of principle, Free Trade, Reaganomics, etc., the whole industry was knocked down with a loud whoosh.
▪ The ones she had just knocked down were on their feet again, hopping on the steps around her.
▪ If the round could knock down the target, it could knock down a man.
▪ Fifteen seconds earlier he had been knocked down and lay on the canvas as the referee counted just short of a knockout.
▪ Dunaway has been knocked down, at times, in her career.
lay
▪ A shift in the weather pattern, bringing low pressure systems across the Alps in December laid down a firm base.
▪ Cook for them thirty years and lay down and die.
▪ Then she lay down to rest in the lounge, surrounded by other women who even here never stopped talking.
▪ Then he closed the window, lay down in the center of the floor, and went to sleep.
▪ To reduce costs some firms lay down eligibility criteria for relocation assistance.
▪ Jinju quickly moved away from the window and lay down on the kang, pulling the covers up over her head.
▪ She laid down her Cosmopolitan magazine, open at fashions, loose flowing shirts in jewel colours.
▪ Once priorities had been decided, the usual and almost invariable conditions were laid down.
lead
▪ The doorway leading down is narrow and jammed with kids.
▪ The road now led down a gully so steep that Jim Yellow Earring was thrown forward.
▪ Descent: Traverse leftwards until easy ground leads down to the road.
▪ Then they walked to the head of the narrow stairway that led down to the street.
▪ It took Miguel a while before he found the stairs leading down to the basement.
▪ He knew the feel of every cold stone step on the wide staircase leading down to the main hall.
lie
▪ It was cold and the man's dogs lay down to rest and stay warm.
▪ Lee Ann took all her clothes off and lay down to sun herself on the flying bridge.
▪ I lay down on the ground and looked through the windows, right into the King's rooms.
▪ Some one like you is likely to lie down in the street and starve to death.
▪ She lay down and a sweet slumber came.
▪ I went back up to my room and lay down on the bed.
▪ Tiberi did not take Alliot-Marie's move lying down.
▪ Like the stomach surgeon, a psychiatrist can make all sorts of basic assumptions when a patient lies down on the couch.
look
▪ He smiled as he looked down at her and answered her quick, light speech with conscientious gentleness.
▪ After all, he is a member of an elite media establishment that both fears and looks down on the talk phenomenon.
▪ Philip knew he was looking at him but Philip kept looking down.
▪ But this was not a night for Lewis to look down upon the vanquished.
▪ Amin, at his full height, looked down at me closely.
▪ I looked down at my keyboard and noticed the spacebar of this high-tech machine was stuck.
▪ Still looking down, it seemed as if the pattern of squares was moving.
move
▪ She had moved down to London and lived in squats.
▪ Now they had turned into Chinatown, and were moving down its narrow, teeming gullies, under strings of paper flowers.
▪ I was met by a slow but very solid resistance moving down the far bank.
▪ Sometimes, these cold snaps and sudden snows move down towards the tropical South.
▪ He moved down the trench and found a ladder.
▪ Slowly she moves down his body.
▪ I guess this locks the transfer needle, stopping it moving down and damaging itself.
▪ When she could no longer manage the stairs, she moved down to a ground-floor apartment.
pin
▪ Although we will clarify it in the course of this study, multimedia is hard to pin down to a rigid definition.
▪ But resistance which is both group-based and informal can be very difficult for management to pin down.
▪ We were pinned down and taking a real hammering.
▪ It is telling that economists have so far found the precise productivity benefits of information technology difficult to pin down and measure.
▪ Moreover, any attempt to pin down precisely the behavior of 200 these tiny things turns out strangely counterproductive.
▪ But his policy positions, as far as they can be pinned down, seem designed to offend almost everybody.
▪ An explanation from Lipsey for his withdrawal Friday has been hard to pin down.
pull
▪ The original bricks and mortar might be pulled down but Leatherslade Farm will remain for ever at the centre of the legend.
▪ Soon the regulars had him caught inside two croaker sacks pulled down over his torso.
▪ Would you mind pulling down the blinds?
▪ The pulling down of the right sheath, the ripping sound always convinced her it hurt.
▪ If the inquiry rules that the paths must remain, then the clubhouse may have to be pulled down.
▪ He slammed the door shut behind him and pulled down a tattered green shade.
▪ Tilting the head back, aiming accurately and pulling down the lower lid were other areas of difficulty.
▪ All the large houses have been pulled down, or taken over as nursing homes.
put
▪ They put down sawdust but had insufficient to deal with the flooding to all areas of the factory.
▪ She put down her basket and advanced towards the bed.
▪ In contrast, trust is like the precious soil in which a relationship can grow and put down secure roots.
▪ They like being flattered, or congratulated, or encouraged: they certainly do not like being put down.
▪ Mrs Field summoned the vet immediately, who said it was in a hopeless condition and should be put down at once.
▪ Because he painted so well, put down what he saw, people would admire him.
reach
▪ I find this a powerful image-the Divine reaching down, humanity reaching upward.
▪ My lover goes to the fridge and reaches down.
▪ Mum got me to reach down a tall vase from the mantelshelf.
▪ She reached down between her legs, where he was, and put him inside her again.
▪ He reached down, found his field bag - and saw the feet behind him.
▪ He reached down and scratched Bone behind the ears.
▪ The General reached down and took the little bouquet.
roll
▪ Tears rolling down her face, she turned on the taps.
▪ It will be the one flying into Jacksonville with the windows rolled down.
▪ Mickey had a ramp with pea sized objects rolling down to be dealt a mighty blow from a spring loaded mallet.
▪ She was wearing a loose print dress and stockings that were rolled down below the knee.
▪ Soon it would roll down his nose, and then what?
▪ He smiled, sensing an odd happiness welling up in her, even though tears began to roll down her cheeks.
▪ It was as tall and cold as a glacier rolling down a valley, crunching trees like matchsticks.
▪ Suds were rolling down her face and were on her shoulders.
run
▪ Then he was running down the office, howling like a bereaved dog.
▪ A trickle of juice ran down her arm.
▪ As the railways run down and maintenance gets neglected, they keep going wrong: the steam-heating in particular.
▪ Trickles of blood like lava seen at night run down my body.
▪ Champagne and blood ran down the wall.
▪ It is a relatively easy run down if we start early in the morning.
▪ With his unkempt ginger hair running down into sideboards it made his hard face look even meaner.
▪ Ruth went out of the house and ran down the steep moorland path all the way to Ilkley.
sit
▪ I handed the flask to Keith and sat down on the bed.
▪ Finally my wife, Fran, and I sat down to figure out where the money was going.
▪ Ben went slowly to the big table and sat down.
▪ Cameron and the school district sit down with a neutral third person to negotiate an agreement that both sides find acceptable.
▪ Then I turned the podium over to Brian and sat down.
▪ At two o'clock I should like to sit down at table.
▪ My sister-in-law made a spread, and the three battered travelers sat down to eat.
sitting
▪ Ten minutes later Doctor Jekyll had returned to his own shape and was sitting down, pretending to eat breakfast.
▪ Then she returned, not sitting down.
▪ This makes it very easy to put on and take off, even when the patient is sitting down.
▪ Even sitting down I found myself grabbing the edge of the table to stop falling off the chair.
▪ It's really good for sitting down with a meal and just forgetting about work.
▪ He was standing up, or sitting down, or lurking in the locker room for both.
▪ She's probably sitting down in one of the cloakrooms.
▪ I remember sitting down at my desk with a sudden sense of dread.
slide
▪ The cab separated from the trailer which turned over on its side, sliding down the slope.
▪ Yet statistics that show voter turnout slowly sliding down, down.
▪ He managed to murmur Mayli's name, then closed his eyes and slid down to the floor.
▪ He slid down on his spine so he could rest his head on the back of the seat.
▪ The voices above stopped arguing, as Cardiff slid down the rail, exhausted and gasping for breath.
▪ She bit her lip as two large tears slid down her cheeks.
▪ Katherine could feel his anguish, and for the second time that day the tears slid down her cheeks.
▪ The compost slides down in the tank and appears when ready in the access area at the base of the tank.
slow
▪ Expect cautious underspending in the first six months while trends are analysed; slowing down the devolution of budgets.
▪ We all slow down a little bit.
▪ When spending power goes up relatively quickly the long-term growth in property crime slows down.
▪ When food goes back into the refrigerator, growth begins to slow down, but only as the food chills.
▪ Staff turnover had traditionally been high but has slowed down more recently.
▪ The third time he took chromium, he felt his thought processes slowing down.
▪ He looked around him as he went; but he did not slow down much until he reached the culvert.
▪ For how else could it be that he never had to slow down or speed up?
track
▪ He knew Ellen was with her and was perfectly capable of tracking down their whereabouts.
▪ Yet he would certainly be tracked down if he tried anything else and that would threaten the larger enterprise.
▪ He tracks down relatives of those who died of Aids early in the epidemic.
▪ Another company had difficulty in tracking down specialised research work, what there is and how to get a copy.
▪ All these problems seem to have made the criminal personality difficult to track down.
▪ It shouldn't be too difficult to track down.
▪ Information is still hard to track down and reaches the classroom level in a fragmented and patchy way.
▪ The cause was eventually tracked down to a previously unknown bacterium, given the name Legionella pneumophila.
walk
▪ C., can you walk down the street and bump into a row of newspaper boxes half a block long?
▪ He walks down the Stroud Green Road, past the halal shops and the yam shops.
▪ I walked down a corridor and went through another door.
▪ Leaving his personal belongings in the room he walks down to enjoy a good breakfast before continuing his journey.
▪ You can walk down the street, raise your family, earn a living.
▪ Graham and Slater walked down the narrow alley formed by the seedy, decaying stonework and the painted wood.
write
▪ Its prime target is an audience of decision makers whose names you can write down on a single sheet of paper.
▪ He commenced to carry round a notebook and write down what we said.
▪ It was later written down in two books called the Mishnah and the Talmud.
▪ Alas, since such passwords are also difficult to remember, they tend to be written down near the computer.
▪ Sit and write down what you like or love in life and then what you want to change.
▪ The night after that assembly I began to write down goals for myself.
▪ It is a method to write down a language which is commonly confused with the language itself.
▪ Now, as I write down this little memoir of my golfing adventure, I remember.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
I couldn't put it down
▪ It's such a good book that I couldn't put it down.
▪ What an amazing book! I just couldn't put it down.
a walk/trip down memory lane
▪ So if anyone wants company for a walk down Memory Lane, I will gladly go with them.
▪ The doctor calls it a panic attack, I call it a trip down memory lane for big bro.
▪ This will be a trip down memory lane for the right hon. Gentleman.
along/down the road
▪ At one spot along the road, a lone flower escaped the flames that poured through the Three Bar Wildlife Area.
▪ How far down the road of cutbacks do bank management want to go?
▪ Lily shot a quick horrified look up and down the road.
▪ No car had come down the road for a while.
▪ There's a nice place down the road.
▪ Well, we want to let you know that a new church is opening just down the road from you.
batten down the hatches
▪ Businesses are focused on survival - everyone's battening down the hatches.
be breathing down sb's neck
▪ I'm already really busy today, and now Paul's breathing down my neck saying he wants the Paris deal completed.
▪ I can't work with you breathing down my neck.
▪ We'd better start sending out those letters soon -- I've had the sales manager breathing down my neck about it all week.
▪ He would be breathing down your neck all the time.
▪ Labour and the Liberal Democrats are breathing down his neck.
▪ Maybe the Assistant Commissioner's wife was breathing down Maxham's neck.
▪ The staff is breathing down your neck.
be counting (down) the minutes/hours/days
be down on your luck
▪ Here, parents who are down on their luck can pick out toys for their children.
▪ In the film, Williams plays a down-on-his luck salesman whose wife has left him.
▪ The program is for motivated people who are temporarily down on their luck.
▪ We bought the necklace from an old man who was down on his luck and in need of a penny or two.
▪ All were down on their luck, all had been drinking and all had decided on an easy way out.
▪ Families that were down on their luck could get a small loan, food, a job referral.
▪ He was down on his luck and not a happy hedgehog.
be falling down
▪ Her nappy was so wet it was falling down her legs.
▪ It is not that they are falling down drunk at. 08.
▪ Something, or some one, was falling down the hillside.
▪ Technically he is excellent but you have noticed that he is falling down on the supervisory aspects of his job.
▪ The attorney general is supposed to act only when the law enforcement is falling down or broken down in a local community.
▪ The house is falling down around our ears.
▪ There was a long pause, then, before it observed that some-thing was falling down toward it from the orbiting ship.
▪ They liked us at first because they thought we would like be falling down glad to have them as neighbors.
be sent down
▪ Afterwards in the pub some one told me he would probably be sent down.
▪ He was sent down from Eton in 1863 for a few months for having made a forbidden visit to a Jesuit house.
▪ He was sent down South to live with his grandparents when he was in second grade.
▪ I was using regular for about two years after that until I was sent down.
▪ Much of the iron was sent down the valleys for export through Cardiff and Newport.
▪ Police divers were sent down to check the vessel's hull for possible sabotage.
▪ There seems every possibility that Trev Proby will be sent down in the near future.
bear down on sb/sth
▪ A stillness which seemed to bear down on her like a physical presence.
▪ Five or six men, horsed, masked and well-armed, burst from a clump of trees and bore down on them.
▪ For those who find Christmas suddenly bearing down on them, the build-up to the day is one blur of activity.
▪ His eyes bore down on me out of a somewhat hawklike face, and I immediately became flustered.
▪ Meanwhile, the New Zealand Interislander Ferry is bearing down on us like a 350-foot long, 40-foot tall aquatic freight train.
▪ The Pequod bears down on the area and comes between the whale and the floundering seamen.
▪ These thoughts bear down on me as I sit here on this third night of writing.
▪ Yussuf bore down on her in a fury.
beat sb down
▪ I beat him down and got the bracelet for $2.
▪ The owners originally wanted $1000 for the horse, but George managed to beat them down to $850.
beat sb ↔ down
beat the door down
bed sb/sth ↔ down
boil down to sth
▪ In the end, the case will boil down to whether the jury believes Smith or not.
▪ But by any measure, the Republican presidential campaign right now boils down to Dole and Forbes.
▪ Honestly, it does all just boil down to the need to learn something.
▪ It boils down to whether you think the extra features and quality are worth the extra money.
▪ Love boils down to pheromones, it says.
▪ Tackling these more stubborn obstacles will boil down to better schools and plain old dollars and cents.
▪ The Grid boils down to only five behaviour patterns - the four extremes and the middle one.
▪ The real problem boils down to identifying the nature of the problem itself.
▪ To Smolan, the decision to leave so late in the game boiled down to quality.
boil sth ↔ down
bow down to sb
▪ And bowed down to resume his strange rump-in-the-air and face-in-the-sea posture.
▪ Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you.
break sth ↔ down
break sth ↔ down
break sth ↔ down
bring down the curtain on sth
▪ Now I think we should bring down the curtain on this little episode, and go to bed.
bring the house down
▪ Sinatra brought the house down when he sang "New York, New York."
▪ She nearly brought the house down when I scrounged another biscuit and put her through her repertoire of tricks.
▪ The Great One almost brought the house down in his return to Southern California.
▪ This comeback brought the house down.
▪ Topping the bill was Dangerous Dan the fire eater, but it was the finish that brought the house down.
brush yourself down
▪ Give me a couple of minutes, will you? Brush yourself down while you're waiting.
cash down
catch sb with their pants/trousers down
chuck it down
▪ Outside it was chucking it down and the streets were deserted.
close sth ↔ down
come back/down to earth (with a bump)
▪ Adai can come back to Earth after Gog is dead - after I am dead, perhaps.
▪ AIr travellers came down to earth with a bump yesterday when they joined in some charity aerobics.
▪ In Karuzi you quickly come down to earth.
▪ Maybe, but the once pricey products that use this satellite technology have come down to earth.
▪ Peter Lilley came down to earth.
▪ They recently have come down to Earth.
come down on sb like a ton of bricks
come down on the side of sb/sth
▪ I came down on the side of tax reform.
▪ I have been criticised for coming down on the side of the second alternative.
▪ Sheer orders of magnitude matter, and the orders of magnitude do not come down on the side of the real-balance effect.
▪ We have to come down on the side of the snowy plover.
come down the pike
▪ Job opportunities like this don't come down the pike that often.
▪ Our image as a bunch of bumpkins who roll over for anything that comes down the pike?
come tumbling down
▪ Soon her marriage came tumbling down.
▪ And the marriage comes tumbling down as Roth, like a Roth hero, demands to become unbound from marital ties.
▪ Another set of walls comes tumbling down.
▪ As the Holy Spirit filled me, the barriers came tumbling down.
▪ He watched a huge white mountain collapse and come tumbling down on him.
▪ One wrong move, we realized with horror, and the doors could come tumbling down.
▪ The statues came tumbling down all over the Soviet Union.
▪ Then the stage came tumbling down.
▪ There is a loud clatter as a stack of circuit boards comes tumbling down.
criticize/nag/hassle sb up one side and down the other
cut sb down to size
▪ The team wants to cut UCLA down to size.
▪ History thus cuts man down to size by reminding him of his origins: its characteristic insight is hindsight.
▪ Josh would soon cut Hank down to size.
▪ To cut you down to size.
▪ When the time came, he would cut him down to size.
cut sb ↔ down
cut sth ↔ down
cut sth ↔ down
deep down
Deep down, I think she's really very ambitious.
▪ He pretends he doesn't care, but deep down I know he's very upset.
▪ I always believed deep down that things would get better.
▪ I kept pushing the team, but deep down I think I knew we wouldn't win.
▪ I regret my divorce, because deep down I'm a very old-fashioned woman.
▪ Yeah, sometimes he can be really nice and polite but, I tell you, deep down he's an animal!
divide/split sth down the middle
▪ The vote was split right down the middle.
▪ We split you down the middle.
down in the dumps
▪ If you're feeling down in the dumps, come over and have a chat.
▪ Mom's kind of down in the dumps at the moment -- why don't you buy her something to cheer her up?
▪ But his company is still down in the dumps.
▪ She supposed she was feeling a bit down in the dumps, apprehensive too about celebrating Christmas Day at the Danbys.
▪ We can't have you down in the dumps like this.
▪ You sound pretty down in the dumps.
down in the mouth
▪ Why do you look so down in the mouth today?
▪ He was no longer down in the mouth.
▪ I have, as you know, been slightly down in the mouth.
▪ Peter saw him the other night, Max, said he looked very down in the mouth.
down south
down the drain
▪ Well, there's another fifty dollars down the drain.
▪ And she would die in the bathtub, her blood going down the drain.
▪ Dietitians responded by telling cooks to dump yolks down the drain and use the cholesterol-free whites.
▪ It foreclosed on the mortgages, and the mill went down the drain.
▪ It may help to twist drain rods when pushing them down the drain.
▪ Male speaker I fear that safety standards will go down the drain as people seek to make most profit.
▪ Pour it down the drains if necessary.
▪ There are fears of family life going down the drain, as staff may get only two complete weekends off in seven.
▪ You might as well take money and shovel it down the drain.
down the hatch
▪ After all, up the lads and down the hatch.
▪ Nirvana Inc battened down the hatches and made to ride out the storm.
▪ The chain has battened down the hatches in the face of the storms.
down the line
▪ And Caminiti dunked a two-run double down the line in right.
▪ As the couple passed on down the line, George quickly approached the man.
▪ He loves his back-seat role, moving quietly up and down the lines, constantly persuading and cajoling.
▪ I would, I would probably do the same thing were I you know, another generation down the line.
▪ Otherwise he'd have been down the line after us like a shot.
▪ Sherman wanted nothing less seven years down the line, when he was forty-five.
▪ The thing I try to do in that situation is flick my bat and start jogging down the line.
down your/London etc way
dress sb ↔ down
drop/go down like ninepins
▪ Men and horses went down like ninepins before them, in a tangle of waving limbs, flailing hooves and broken lances.
face down/downwards
▪ A man lay face down, feet toward the center, head away from it.
▪ Gently, he brought his face down on to Joe's and kissed him on his lips.
▪ I set my book face down on the chair and followed after him.
▪ I was lying face down on the ground.
▪ Larry Flynt presents the infamous pornographer as a likable slob who faced down the big guys and won.
▪ On return to Earth the orbiter orients itself so that the underside is facing down and slightly forwards.
▪ Side by side, the two men lay face down in the grass, feet toward the rear of the pale car.
force/ram/shove sth down sb's throat
▪ But my brokers were complaining that I was shoving them down their throats.
▪ His teeth were even and white, and Bernice wanted to ram them down his throat.
▪ Jess felt like ramming it down his throat.
▪ The agents poured pepper sauce down their nostrils, or forced water down their throats.
▪ Torrents of lava would not tumble out to force fire down his throat, torch his tongue.
get down to brass tacks
get sb down
▪ The endless rain was beginning to get him down.
▪ You can tell me if there's anything that's worrying you or getting you down.
get sth down (sb)
get sth down to a fine art
get sth ↔ down
get/put your head down
▪ He simply puts his head down and keeps on scoring goals - lots of them.
▪ He was as cranky as a bad-tempered goat, always putting his head down and charging into things that annoyed him.
▪ I put my head down and kept stroking.
▪ I put my head down into my hands and absented myself mentally.
▪ Instead of putting his head down and charging, Balshaw chipped and chased.
▪ When I saw him in court he was crying, and so was I.. He put his head down.
▪ You chuck down three of them, and then put your head down on your desk.
go down a treat
▪ It seems to be going down a treat.
▪ It went down a treat with the matrons in safe seats like South-west Surrey.
go down a/this road
▪ They mustn't go down this road again, it could only lead to disaster.
go down like a lead balloon
go down the Swanee
go down the pan
▪ The Mimosa is going down the pan faster than Dynorod could.
go down the plughole
go down the shops/club/park etc
▪ We went down the shops on Saturdays.
go down the tubes
▪ The who experiment could go down the tubes.
go down well/badly/a treat etc
▪ It went down a treat with the matrons in safe seats like South-west Surrey.
▪ It seems to be going down a treat.
go up/come down in the world
go/come/be down to the wire
▪ We were in a couple of games that went right down to the wire.
▪ In the event the starting line-up went down to the wire.
▪ It is down to the wire.
go/walk down the aisle
▪ As she walked down the aisle her heart brimmed over with love and adoration for Charles.
▪ He wanted to walk down the aisle with you and give you away to your young man.
▪ Her mouth turned up at the corners, Mavis walked down the aisle with Walter.
▪ Inspector Miskin was walking down the aisle.
▪ Resplendent in red, she walks down the aisle on the arm of the Rev.
▪ The wedding was off, because no way was she going to walk down the aisle looking like an eejit!
▪ They looked at the passports and then started to walk down the aisle, pointing their guns at the passengers.
▪ Together, they walked down the aisle behind the crucifix, toward the rear of the church.
hand down a decision/ruling/sentence etc
▪ Just a few months earlier, the Supreme Court had handed down a decision inviting states to pass abortion restrictions.
▪ She is expected soon to hand down a ruling.
▪ The commission will seek to arbitrate a resolution before handing down a decision in late summer.
hands down
▪ As he would reach up for it, she would stick the spoon in her mouth and then pull her hands down.
▪ Caroline strode to the windows and plumped her hands down on the sill.
▪ I pulled my hands down toward her knees.
▪ If an election had been held then, San Francisco would have won hands down.
▪ If size is a factor in this, Xerox has succeeded hands down.
▪ The answer is light, hands down.
▪ The twin arms of that mechanical gibbet forced his hands down into the liquid, which sizzled and steamed.
▪ You then bring your hands down and show that the birds have flown.
hit sb when they are down
hold down a job
▪ Clarke holds down two jobs to support his family.
▪ Kelly wants to prove to his father that he can hold down a job.
▪ But if you are schizophrenic, you can not think straight, concentrate, hold down a job.
▪ During the day they held down jobs as, respectively, a waitress and delivery driver.
▪ Frye was expounding on the dangers of holding down a job while taking a full load of courses.
▪ People with long-term mental disorder have many problems in holding down a job.
▪ Rella could hold down jobs, when she wanted to.
▪ Who would employ her and how would she hold down a job?
it is pissing down (with rain)
it's tipping (it) down
jump down sb's throat
▪ I was just asking a question. You don't have to jump down my throat!
keep your head down
▪ But real life, of course, teaches lesser men to keep their heads down and their mouths shut.
▪ Carla kept her head down as she approached the front door, glancing up briefly when the two officers introduced them-selves.
▪ Even his most bitter opponents are keeping their heads down.
▪ He kept his head down under fire, avoided trouble, trusted in luck to keep him alive.
▪ I have pain in my left shoulder when I keep my head down or in moving my left arm a lot.
▪ I kept my head down and pretended to be consuming the scraps left on my dish.
▪ I kept my head down and the heavy bag well to the fore as a protective shield.
▪ It was good advice to keep my head down in the early months.
kick sb when they are down
▪ The newspapers cannot resist kicking a man when he is down.
kick/hit a man when he's down
knock sb down to sth
▪ But prolonged recession and high unemployment knocked his popularity down to rock-bottom.
▪ Rose recommended knocking it down to $ 15, 000 and the supes agreed.
knock sb ↔ down
knock sb ↔ down
knock sth ↔ down
knock sth ↔ down
lay down the law
▪ If Bob starts laying down the law, just tell him to shut up.
▪ Parents need to lay down the law regarding how much TV their children watch.
▪ By eleven o'clock I was standing in front of Patterson's desk laying down the law.
▪ It is unfortunate that Mrs Gardner's thoroughness did not extend to laying down the law about insurance.
▪ MacFarland said I would do well in his class and laid down the law about doing well in the others.
▪ Ron, too, was laying down the law.
▪ She would lay down the laws.
▪ Steadily I disappointed Paquita, who believed it was my job to lay down the law with Clarisa.
▪ They made a move for the piano, but we laid down the law and soon redirected their energy to sightseeing.
▪ Well, there was nothing for it, I had to lay down the law in no uncertain terms.
lay down your life
▪ He considered it a privilege to lay down his life for his country.
▪ He remembered the words of Izz Huett: She would have laid down her life for you.
▪ I would lay down my life for it.
▪ They had true grievances to settle and were ready to lay down their lives for vengeance.
let sb down lightly/gently
let the side down
▪ Brown was constantly letting the side down.
▪ Essentially, it's the ageing drivetrain that lets the side down.
▪ I don't want to let the side down - don't send me to the Sick Room!
▪ It is an unmentionable subject, a terrible way of letting the side down.
let your guard/defences down
▪ Never let your guard down was the only solace he offered.
▪ We must not let our defences down, Mrs Thatcher and other cautious voices would argue.
let your hair down
▪ Chat rooms on the Internet are a place we can let our hair down and say what we think.
▪ I spotted Juanita really letting her hair down on the dance floor.
▪ Playing softball is just a good way to let your hair down and have fun.
▪ You can really let your hair down and do what you want at the club.
▪ Among the many booksellers and publishers whom I spotted letting their hair down on the dance floor was independent publisher Christopher Hurst.
▪ He liked this: what his pub was all about, for people to let their hair down.
▪ In the second half Complicite let their hair down in their own inimitable way.
▪ Man's got ta let his hair down.
▪ Out in the pasture, the princess let her hair down.
▪ This was the day our friends let their hair down and spoke with amazing frankness.
▪ We know when we can afford to let our hair down and when we can't.
let your hair down
▪ Among the many booksellers and publishers whom I spotted letting their hair down on the dance floor was independent publisher Christopher Hurst.
▪ He liked this: what his pub was all about, for people to let their hair down.
▪ In the second half Complicite let their hair down in their own inimitable way.
▪ Man's got ta let his hair down.
▪ Out in the pasture, the princess let her hair down.
▪ This was the day our friends let their hair down and spoke with amazing frankness.
▪ We know when we can afford to let our hair down and when we can't.
look down your nose at sb/sth
▪ I can go in a shirt and jeans and no one looks down his nose at me.
▪ Besides, I didn't fancy going to the Chapel and having all the family looking down their noses at me.
▪ But I was not one to look down my nose at shabbiness.
▪ Don't look down their noses at you.
▪ Never had any man so looked down his nose at her.
▪ No more will I look down my nose at whining, spineless malcontents.
▪ Normally she looked down her nose at men and then ignored them unless they needed the sharp edge of her tongue.
▪ One who doesn't look down her nose at anybody.
▪ We looked down our noses at this pair of student hicks.
look sb up and down
▪ "Don't be silly - you don't need to lose weight," he said, looking her up and down.
▪ The hotel manager slowly looked the old man up and down and then asked him to leave.
▪ Every day after the first two weeks I would look anxiously up and down the road, hoping to see their car.
▪ Raul looked him up and down, eyes opened wide with derision.
▪ Ron Barton looked her up and down.
▪ She looked him up and down.
▪ She stood there, looking Sherman up and down, as if she were angry.
▪ The eaters were lo-cals; they looked us up and down when we went in.
▪ The guy looked him up and down and then something clicked.
nail sb down
plonk yourself (down)
▪ He was built like a brick shithouse and he plonked himself down right in front of the stage.
plop (yourself) down
▪ Stanley plopped down on the sofa beside me.
▪ Carefully, slowly, not at all certain why, they plopped down on to the branch.
▪ On our other side a young couple wandered by and plopped down with only a six-pack and a sleeping bag.
▪ Our friend Joan strolls into the bank and plops down $ 100 to open an account.
▪ She plopped down too much mortar, smoothed it out and set a brick on it.
▪ She plops down on the empty cot and lifts a curtain to peer out the window.
▪ The coyote returned to the barn end and plopped down in front of the crowd of llamas.
plump (yourself) down
▪ Peggy plumped down in the chair beside Otto.
plunk (yourself) down
▪ Americans love to plunk themselves down in front of the TV.
▪ I plunk down a dollar and confront my deepest fears.
▪ Marketers usually plunk down the equivalent of $ 40, 000 or so in cash, goods or services for placement.
▪ The beverage giant wants you to plunk down your money and decide for yourself.
pull down a menu
▪ I could not pull down a menu.
▪ The pull down menus make the game easy to play and the smooth animation help keep the interest of younger players.
▪ The program has a pull down menu interface for ease of use.
▪ The program uses pull down menus and is easy to follow.
pull down sth
pull sb down
pull sth ↔ down
put (sth) down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put down a motion/an amendment
put down a revolution/revolt/rebellion etc
▪ My father's father, a soldier in the Black Watch, had helped put down a rebellion one Easter in Dublin.
put down roots
▪ Just as I was putting down roots, our family had to move up north.
▪ For Ada, putting down roots opens a new life of discipline and learning.
▪ However, now that they had family responsibilities and were beginning to put down roots, they returned to their former church-going.
▪ I was going to put down roots, achieve something, give meaning to my existence.
▪ In their place, developers are building upscale subdivisions that tend to cater to newcomers less willing to put down roots.
▪ It puts down roots 10 feet deep, easily withstanding drought and even frequent fires.
▪ Meanwhile, people who might want to put down roots in the community are finding it prohibitively expensive.
▪ She's had 8 quarters, so it's hard to put down roots.
▪ What better way to put down roots, and what more suitable time than in the spring?
put it down to experience
put sb down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sb down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sb down for £5/£20 etc
put sb ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sth ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sth ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sth ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sth/sb ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put the phone down
▪ After I have put the phone down I sit gazing at Kyle on the opposite side of the airwell.
▪ After she had put the phone down, she felt in a daze.
▪ And he had just put the phone down on the only man who could ruin it all for him.
▪ Be brisk, polite, and put the phone down.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He put the phone down and listened to its ringing - its machine persistence.
▪ He put the phone down in the dining room.
▪ He put the phone down on the cradle and stared at it.
put your foot down
▪ Ed was talking about dropping out of school, but Mom and Dad put their foot down.
▪ I wanted to take a year off before college, but my mother put her foot down.
▪ You'd better put your foot down before those kids get completely out of control.
▪ I put my feet down carefully.
▪ I put my foot down and the car began to move forward.
▪ Justice puts its foot down on Oxie.
▪ Later still My silly wee sister has put her feet down and refuses to let me near her Power Pack.
▪ Rice, however, put his foot down and made what he called his first policy decision.
▪ She didn't answer, just put her foot down and sent the Cortina faster and faster through the night.
▪ They could have put their foot down and dragged us into court.
▪ We were nearing the camp, so I aimed for the ruts in the track and put my foot down.
put/lay/set down a marker
rain (down) blows/blows rain down
ram sth down sb's throat
▪ His teeth were even and white, and Bernice wanted to ram them down his throat.
▪ Jess felt like ramming it down his throat.
right up/down sb's alley
▪ The job sounds right up your alley.
▪ She said, I will tell you this Bobby Kennedy is right up my alley.
roll a window down
run down sth
run sb/sth down
run sb/sth ↔ down
run sb/sth ↔ down
sell sb down the river
▪ The workers were promised that they would not lose their jobs as a result of the merger. Later they found out that they had been sold down the river.
send sb down
send shivers/chills up (and down) your spine
▪ Stephen King's novels have sent shivers up readers' spines for more than 20 years.
▪ He kicked her sending shivers up her spine; again she yelped, and everything turned black.
▪ We both kept waiting for the moment when the experience would overwhelm us and send chills up our spines.
send sth ↔ down
settle (sb) down
▪ As she settled back down it continued to cook and burst into flames.
▪ At that time, diesel prices in California spiked briefly, but settled back down by the end of that year.
▪ Before she could say any more, he settled the helmet down over his head and fastened the strap.
▪ Find a doctor, maybe; something to settle him down.
▪ He settled his weight down on the step beside her and dwelt anxiously on her state.
▪ He nods stiffly, then settles his chin down on his chest, scowling.
▪ Try to settle the puppy down here before going to bed.
▪ We wound up taking him for long rides in the car to settle him down.
shake sb ↔ down
shake sb/sth ↔ down
shin up/down
▪ Craig shinned down the rope to where we were standing.
▪ I locked myself out of the house and had to shinny up a drainpipe to get in.
▪ We watched as small boys shinned up palm trees and brought coconuts down.
▪ Boys and girls shinned up trees to 10p off branches.
▪ But can not phone him from Twills as Mr Twill would insist on shinning up drainpipe himself and break femur.
▪ Dave shinned up a handy conifer.
▪ He nodded encouragement to his fellows, and they shinned up after him and dropped down into the stockade.
▪ Maintenance men could tell whether a pole - wooden or concrete - is dangerously cracked before shinning up it.
▪ No fire-escape, no convenient drainpipe anyone could shin up.
▪ Nothing as cheap as an open window or shinning down a drainpipe at midnight or down paying a suitcase full of bricks.
▪ The animal was so tame that it shinned up his leg and dived into a deep pocket.
shinny up/down
▪ His brother was eight and spent two days learning how to shinny up to the office.
▪ The boy panicked and tried more desperately to shinny up the mast.
shut sb ↔ down
sit down and do sth
▪ First we should sit down and work out the financing.
▪ But I found I could just sit down and play by ear.
▪ He sat down and pushed at the lid with one filthy paw.
▪ Something that makes you want to sit down and take notice.
▪ The harvesters stopped work, sat down and started to eat and drink.
▪ The Springboks sat down and waited.
▪ Then she sat down and started to eat.
▪ Then the Kuchas sat down and ate the fish in his honor.
▪ We can all sit down and analyze.
sit sb down
stand (sb) down
▪ Gabriel had the window wide open and was standing there looking down at him.
▪ He stands looking down at me.
▪ He stood looking down at Tibbles, breathing heavily.
▪ He walked slowly over to the door, and stood looking down at her.
▪ Jane crossed to the windows and stood staring down into the street.
▪ Then he stood looking down at Tim Reagan.
sth will go down in history
▪ 1989 will go down in history as the year in which Stalinist Communism ended.
▪ This Minister will go down in history as the Minister who killed off small shops in Britain.
take sth lying down
▪ We are not going to take this verdict lying down. There will be protests.
▪ And, on yer bike: The charity rider who's taking it all lying down.
▪ But Will took it lying down - all in a good cause of course.
▪ Carl however was too active mentally to take this lying down.
▪ Mr Estrada has not taken the storm lying down.
▪ Perhaps you're not a person to take criticism lying down and you have had some sharp exchanges with your friend.
▪ The Socialists, though, are not taking it lying down.
▪ They're not taking it lying down.
▪ They are not taking things lying down as many other Third World people tend to do.
take/bring sb down a peg (or two)
▪ No harm in taking Evans down a peg.
the thumbs up/down
▪ But the docs just gave me the thumbs up.
▪ East Kilbride celebrates as tyre plant proposal given the thumbs down.
▪ I can see it now: In toga and laurel wreath, Big Al will give the thumbs up or thumbs down.
▪ In Grampian, 80 percent. of general practitioners gave it the thumbs down.
▪ London movie-goers gave Glengarry Glen Ross, about cut-throat estate agents, the thumbs up this week.
▪ The Dole campaign has not yet given the thumbs up, preferring to wait for the results of Super Tuesday.
▪ The question, which had been popped earlier on the stadium's electronic scoreboard, got the thumbs up.
▪ Top analysts gave it the thumbs up and prices took off.
throw down the gauntlet
▪ At this point Morag Harkness, Sales Manager threw down the gauntlet and challenged the guys to a netball match.
▪ Cerda interviewed those named in his testimony, including Wally Fuentes Morrison, and then threw down the gauntlet to Pinochet.
▪ Fresh from their success they have thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the Group.
▪ It's going on five years since Earl Woods threw down the gauntlet and the snickering has stopped.
throw yourself at/on/into/down etc
▪ At this stage, the urge to do something was unfocused, but it was extraordinary how people threw themselves into it.
▪ Grief-stricken, he threw himself on her..
▪ He kicked it in, threw himself on the floor and rolled under the bed.
▪ I threw myself down on the bed and sobbed bitterly.
▪ I threw myself into organising the funeral, picking out the music I wanted played.
▪ Like Billy McFadzean who in 1916 threw himself on two bombs to save his comrades in the trenches of the Somme.
▪ They threw themselves down on the street or took shelter behind cars and in doorways.
▪ You put him in a situation where women are throwing themselves at him.
turn sth upside down
▪ A distorted religion has turned the world upside down, denying that anything ever existed before itself.
▪ I turn the box upside down and bring it out empty.
▪ The girl was turning everything upside down.
▪ The history of implants has been equally painful; implants can shift or turn themselves upside down.
▪ They studied the map for a while, scratched their heads, turned it upside down and studied it some more.
▪ We could turn the glass upside down and sideways without having the water pour out because air pressure pushes in all directions.
▪ Yet with an appealing brew of nationalism and promise of democratic reform, Kostunica has since turned Yugoslav politics upside down.
two/three etc doors away/down/up
▪ Across the world, or two doors down the corridor.
▪ Freda Berkeley misses her and another neighbour, the writer Patrick Kinross, who lived two doors away.
▪ He thanked the colonel for the interview and returned doggedly to his pistol lessons in the basement range two doors away.
▪ He tried the house opposite, and was told two doors down.
▪ I took the keenest pleasure in expelling Phetlock from my old office, two doors down from the Oval.
▪ Mr Potts and the matrons left them in the church and went to stay two doors away, in a hotel.
▪ The guest room's two doors down the corridor.
▪ The second was in another bin beside the Argos showroom two doors away.
up and down
▪ I want you kids to stop running up and down in the hall.
▪ All night he parades up and down the bar like a brawny old cockerel.
▪ He went down early each morning and jumped up and down in the briny, enjoying every minute of it.
▪ If you build your jig slightly larger than your posts it will slide up and down more easily.
▪ She opened doors, walked up and down, inspected rooms.
▪ The old woman nodded, left and right and up and down.
▪ The whole place reverberated with noise, feet pounding up and down stairs, children yelling, women shouting, doors banging.
▪ Two dancers in harness are walking up and down the pole.
▪ When the Goldwater scholarship was announced this spring, Flores jumped up and down, not for joy, but from surprise.
ups and downs
▪ We had a lot of ups and downs in our marriage.
▪ Eachuinn Odhar had his ups and downs, but more downs than ups.
▪ If you're prepared to take a five-year view, these ups and downs are worth enduring.
▪ Most older people cope with the ups and downs of their daily lives.
▪ Relearning is a longer, gradual process with ups and downs and it is too easy just to give up.
▪ There have been ups and downs of course.
▪ There have been ups and downs, yes, but on the whole my fortunes have grown.
▪ We need to hold tenaciously to our commitment to talk over the ups and downs of our days.
wear sb ↔ down
when the chips are down
▪ When the chips were down, you felt he could handle the situation.
▪ As you know, when the chips are down Leslie Bence comes out fighting.
▪ It is disappointing to find that, when the chips are down, your paper is no better than the rest.
▪ The implication, they fear, is that when the chips are down it is only rational human beings that really matter.
wind sth ↔ down
wind sth ↔ down
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Angie, why don't you sit down and relax?
▪ Can I turn the TV down a little?
▪ David bent down to tie his shoelace.
▪ Grit and sand can wear down every moving part in your bike.
▪ House prices have come down in recent months.
▪ I have his number down somewhere.
▪ I think I'll go and lie down for a while.
▪ Keep your speed down.
▪ Lease a new Ford today for no money down and low monthly payments.
▪ Lots of trees were blown down onto houses when a tornado hit Cleveland County.
▪ The next day, the sky was clear and the sun beat down.
▪ The only thing I don't like about living down here is the traffic.
▪ There's a parking lot down there, below the cliff.
▪ We're going down to the mall and look at those cars they have there.
▪ We've got most of the old Tarzan books down in the basement.
▪ Well, we could tape the mat down with duct tape.
▪ Were there many people down at the beach today?
II.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
here
▪ The commissioner still thinks of himself as the boss, capable of putting a foot down here or there.
▪ Yeah, not too many guineas down here.
▪ I want you down here where I can keep an eye on you.
there
▪ Is there anyone else down there?
▪ She died and they put me in an orphanage. Down there at Toner Institute.
▪ Petey was an eyewitness to the fight down there, Lois had reasoned.
■ NOUN
percent
▪ The inflation rate for 1996 was 2. 1 percent, down from 2. 4 percent the previous year.
▪ The 10-year Treasury note recently yielded 5. 54 percent, down from 5. 77 percent a week ago.
▪ Fixed mortgage rates averaged 7. 03 percent, down from 9. 15 percent a year ago.
▪ Adjustable rates averaged 5. 43 percent, down from 6. 82 in January 1995.
▪ Fifteen-year mortgage rates fell to 6. 53 percent, down from 6. 59 percent in the prior week.
▪ The headline rate of inflation was 3. 1 percent in November, down from 3. 2 percent a month earlier.
plane
▪ Underwater wrecks are strewn along the coast and downed planes and tanks emerge from the jungle overgrowth.
▪ Airlines have separate insurance for the passengers and for the downed plane.
▪ S.-fired missile downed the plane.
road
▪ But a half mile down the road after some other diversion, I lose him.
▪ For the time being I park next to the students' cars down by the main road.
■ VERB
keep
▪ I slid off the seat, keeping my eyes down, expecting to see a smear of red blood on the chair.
▪ Presumably to keep the costs down, director Bert I.. Gordon shot real grasshoppers climbing up a postcard of the building.
up
▪ One whole day they stayed in Buchanan Street. Up and down with giggles and stares.
▪ Around and about. Up and down, down and up, the usual story.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a walk/trip down memory lane
▪ So if anyone wants company for a walk down Memory Lane, I will gladly go with them.
▪ The doctor calls it a panic attack, I call it a trip down memory lane for big bro.
▪ This will be a trip down memory lane for the right hon. Gentleman.
along/down the road
▪ At one spot along the road, a lone flower escaped the flames that poured through the Three Bar Wildlife Area.
▪ How far down the road of cutbacks do bank management want to go?
▪ Lily shot a quick horrified look up and down the road.
▪ No car had come down the road for a while.
▪ There's a nice place down the road.
▪ Well, we want to let you know that a new church is opening just down the road from you.
be down on your luck
▪ Here, parents who are down on their luck can pick out toys for their children.
▪ In the film, Williams plays a down-on-his luck salesman whose wife has left him.
▪ The program is for motivated people who are temporarily down on their luck.
▪ We bought the necklace from an old man who was down on his luck and in need of a penny or two.
▪ All were down on their luck, all had been drinking and all had decided on an easy way out.
▪ Families that were down on their luck could get a small loan, food, a job referral.
▪ He was down on his luck and not a happy hedgehog.
bring down the curtain on sth
▪ Now I think we should bring down the curtain on this little episode, and go to bed.
bring the house down
▪ Sinatra brought the house down when he sang "New York, New York."
▪ She nearly brought the house down when I scrounged another biscuit and put her through her repertoire of tricks.
▪ The Great One almost brought the house down in his return to Southern California.
▪ This comeback brought the house down.
▪ Topping the bill was Dangerous Dan the fire eater, but it was the finish that brought the house down.
cash down
come back/down to earth (with a bump)
▪ Adai can come back to Earth after Gog is dead - after I am dead, perhaps.
▪ AIr travellers came down to earth with a bump yesterday when they joined in some charity aerobics.
▪ In Karuzi you quickly come down to earth.
▪ Maybe, but the once pricey products that use this satellite technology have come down to earth.
▪ Peter Lilley came down to earth.
▪ They recently have come down to Earth.
come down on sb like a ton of bricks
come down the pike
▪ Job opportunities like this don't come down the pike that often.
▪ Our image as a bunch of bumpkins who roll over for anything that comes down the pike?
criticize/nag/hassle sb up one side and down the other
deep down
Deep down, I think she's really very ambitious.
▪ He pretends he doesn't care, but deep down I know he's very upset.
▪ I always believed deep down that things would get better.
▪ I kept pushing the team, but deep down I think I knew we wouldn't win.
▪ I regret my divorce, because deep down I'm a very old-fashioned woman.
▪ Yeah, sometimes he can be really nice and polite but, I tell you, deep down he's an animal!
divide/split sth down the middle
▪ The vote was split right down the middle.
▪ We split you down the middle.
down in the dumps
▪ If you're feeling down in the dumps, come over and have a chat.
▪ Mom's kind of down in the dumps at the moment -- why don't you buy her something to cheer her up?
▪ But his company is still down in the dumps.
▪ She supposed she was feeling a bit down in the dumps, apprehensive too about celebrating Christmas Day at the Danbys.
▪ We can't have you down in the dumps like this.
▪ You sound pretty down in the dumps.
down in the mouth
▪ Why do you look so down in the mouth today?
▪ He was no longer down in the mouth.
▪ I have, as you know, been slightly down in the mouth.
▪ Peter saw him the other night, Max, said he looked very down in the mouth.
down south
down the drain
▪ Well, there's another fifty dollars down the drain.
▪ And she would die in the bathtub, her blood going down the drain.
▪ Dietitians responded by telling cooks to dump yolks down the drain and use the cholesterol-free whites.
▪ It foreclosed on the mortgages, and the mill went down the drain.
▪ It may help to twist drain rods when pushing them down the drain.
▪ Male speaker I fear that safety standards will go down the drain as people seek to make most profit.
▪ Pour it down the drains if necessary.
▪ There are fears of family life going down the drain, as staff may get only two complete weekends off in seven.
▪ You might as well take money and shovel it down the drain.
down the hatch
▪ After all, up the lads and down the hatch.
▪ Nirvana Inc battened down the hatches and made to ride out the storm.
▪ The chain has battened down the hatches in the face of the storms.
down the line
▪ And Caminiti dunked a two-run double down the line in right.
▪ As the couple passed on down the line, George quickly approached the man.
▪ He loves his back-seat role, moving quietly up and down the lines, constantly persuading and cajoling.
▪ I would, I would probably do the same thing were I you know, another generation down the line.
▪ Otherwise he'd have been down the line after us like a shot.
▪ Sherman wanted nothing less seven years down the line, when he was forty-five.
▪ The thing I try to do in that situation is flick my bat and start jogging down the line.
down your/London etc way
drop/go down like ninepins
▪ Men and horses went down like ninepins before them, in a tangle of waving limbs, flailing hooves and broken lances.
face down/downwards
▪ A man lay face down, feet toward the center, head away from it.
▪ Gently, he brought his face down on to Joe's and kissed him on his lips.
▪ I set my book face down on the chair and followed after him.
▪ I was lying face down on the ground.
▪ Larry Flynt presents the infamous pornographer as a likable slob who faced down the big guys and won.
▪ On return to Earth the orbiter orients itself so that the underside is facing down and slightly forwards.
▪ Side by side, the two men lay face down in the grass, feet toward the rear of the pale car.
force/ram/shove sth down sb's throat
▪ But my brokers were complaining that I was shoving them down their throats.
▪ His teeth were even and white, and Bernice wanted to ram them down his throat.
▪ Jess felt like ramming it down his throat.
▪ The agents poured pepper sauce down their nostrils, or forced water down their throats.
▪ Torrents of lava would not tumble out to force fire down his throat, torch his tongue.
get down to brass tacks
get sth down to a fine art
get/put your head down
▪ He simply puts his head down and keeps on scoring goals - lots of them.
▪ He was as cranky as a bad-tempered goat, always putting his head down and charging into things that annoyed him.
▪ I put my head down and kept stroking.
▪ I put my head down into my hands and absented myself mentally.
▪ Instead of putting his head down and charging, Balshaw chipped and chased.
▪ When I saw him in court he was crying, and so was I.. He put his head down.
▪ You chuck down three of them, and then put your head down on your desk.
go down a treat
▪ It seems to be going down a treat.
▪ It went down a treat with the matrons in safe seats like South-west Surrey.
go down a/this road
▪ They mustn't go down this road again, it could only lead to disaster.
go down like a lead balloon
go down the Swanee
go down the pan
▪ The Mimosa is going down the pan faster than Dynorod could.
go down the plughole
go down the tubes
▪ The who experiment could go down the tubes.
go up/come down in the world
go/come/be down to the wire
▪ We were in a couple of games that went right down to the wire.
▪ In the event the starting line-up went down to the wire.
▪ It is down to the wire.
go/walk down the aisle
▪ As she walked down the aisle her heart brimmed over with love and adoration for Charles.
▪ He wanted to walk down the aisle with you and give you away to your young man.
▪ Her mouth turned up at the corners, Mavis walked down the aisle with Walter.
▪ Inspector Miskin was walking down the aisle.
▪ Resplendent in red, she walks down the aisle on the arm of the Rev.
▪ The wedding was off, because no way was she going to walk down the aisle looking like an eejit!
▪ They looked at the passports and then started to walk down the aisle, pointing their guns at the passengers.
▪ Together, they walked down the aisle behind the crucifix, toward the rear of the church.
hands down
▪ As he would reach up for it, she would stick the spoon in her mouth and then pull her hands down.
▪ Caroline strode to the windows and plumped her hands down on the sill.
▪ I pulled my hands down toward her knees.
▪ If an election had been held then, San Francisco would have won hands down.
▪ If size is a factor in this, Xerox has succeeded hands down.
▪ The answer is light, hands down.
▪ The twin arms of that mechanical gibbet forced his hands down into the liquid, which sizzled and steamed.
▪ You then bring your hands down and show that the birds have flown.
keep your head down
▪ But real life, of course, teaches lesser men to keep their heads down and their mouths shut.
▪ Carla kept her head down as she approached the front door, glancing up briefly when the two officers introduced them-selves.
▪ Even his most bitter opponents are keeping their heads down.
▪ He kept his head down under fire, avoided trouble, trusted in luck to keep him alive.
▪ I have pain in my left shoulder when I keep my head down or in moving my left arm a lot.
▪ I kept my head down and pretended to be consuming the scraps left on my dish.
▪ I kept my head down and the heavy bag well to the fore as a protective shield.
▪ It was good advice to keep my head down in the early months.
kick/hit a man when he's down
let the side down
▪ Brown was constantly letting the side down.
▪ Essentially, it's the ageing drivetrain that lets the side down.
▪ I don't want to let the side down - don't send me to the Sick Room!
▪ It is an unmentionable subject, a terrible way of letting the side down.
let your hair down
▪ Chat rooms on the Internet are a place we can let our hair down and say what we think.
▪ I spotted Juanita really letting her hair down on the dance floor.
▪ Playing softball is just a good way to let your hair down and have fun.
▪ You can really let your hair down and do what you want at the club.
▪ Among the many booksellers and publishers whom I spotted letting their hair down on the dance floor was independent publisher Christopher Hurst.
▪ He liked this: what his pub was all about, for people to let their hair down.
▪ In the second half Complicite let their hair down in their own inimitable way.
▪ Man's got ta let his hair down.
▪ Out in the pasture, the princess let her hair down.
▪ This was the day our friends let their hair down and spoke with amazing frankness.
▪ We know when we can afford to let our hair down and when we can't.
put down roots
▪ Just as I was putting down roots, our family had to move up north.
▪ For Ada, putting down roots opens a new life of discipline and learning.
▪ However, now that they had family responsibilities and were beginning to put down roots, they returned to their former church-going.
▪ I was going to put down roots, achieve something, give meaning to my existence.
▪ In their place, developers are building upscale subdivisions that tend to cater to newcomers less willing to put down roots.
▪ It puts down roots 10 feet deep, easily withstanding drought and even frequent fires.
▪ Meanwhile, people who might want to put down roots in the community are finding it prohibitively expensive.
▪ She's had 8 quarters, so it's hard to put down roots.
▪ What better way to put down roots, and what more suitable time than in the spring?
put your foot down
▪ Ed was talking about dropping out of school, but Mom and Dad put their foot down.
▪ I wanted to take a year off before college, but my mother put her foot down.
▪ You'd better put your foot down before those kids get completely out of control.
▪ I put my feet down carefully.
▪ I put my foot down and the car began to move forward.
▪ Justice puts its foot down on Oxie.
▪ Later still My silly wee sister has put her feet down and refuses to let me near her Power Pack.
▪ Rice, however, put his foot down and made what he called his first policy decision.
▪ She didn't answer, just put her foot down and sent the Cortina faster and faster through the night.
▪ They could have put their foot down and dragged us into court.
▪ We were nearing the camp, so I aimed for the ruts in the track and put my foot down.
put/lay/set down a marker
right up/down sb's alley
▪ The job sounds right up your alley.
▪ She said, I will tell you this Bobby Kennedy is right up my alley.
sth will go down in history
▪ 1989 will go down in history as the year in which Stalinist Communism ended.
▪ This Minister will go down in history as the Minister who killed off small shops in Britain.
take/bring sb down a peg (or two)
▪ No harm in taking Evans down a peg.
the thumbs up/down
▪ But the docs just gave me the thumbs up.
▪ East Kilbride celebrates as tyre plant proposal given the thumbs down.
▪ I can see it now: In toga and laurel wreath, Big Al will give the thumbs up or thumbs down.
▪ In Grampian, 80 percent. of general practitioners gave it the thumbs down.
▪ London movie-goers gave Glengarry Glen Ross, about cut-throat estate agents, the thumbs up this week.
▪ The Dole campaign has not yet given the thumbs up, preferring to wait for the results of Super Tuesday.
▪ The question, which had been popped earlier on the stadium's electronic scoreboard, got the thumbs up.
▪ Top analysts gave it the thumbs up and prices took off.
throw down the gauntlet
▪ At this point Morag Harkness, Sales Manager threw down the gauntlet and challenged the guys to a netball match.
▪ Cerda interviewed those named in his testimony, including Wally Fuentes Morrison, and then threw down the gauntlet to Pinochet.
▪ Fresh from their success they have thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the Group.
▪ It's going on five years since Earl Woods threw down the gauntlet and the snickering has stopped.
turn sth upside down
▪ A distorted religion has turned the world upside down, denying that anything ever existed before itself.
▪ I turn the box upside down and bring it out empty.
▪ The girl was turning everything upside down.
▪ The history of implants has been equally painful; implants can shift or turn themselves upside down.
▪ They studied the map for a while, scratched their heads, turned it upside down and studied it some more.
▪ We could turn the glass upside down and sideways without having the water pour out because air pressure pushes in all directions.
▪ Yet with an appealing brew of nationalism and promise of democratic reform, Kostunica has since turned Yugoslav politics upside down.
two/three etc doors away/down/up
▪ Across the world, or two doors down the corridor.
▪ Freda Berkeley misses her and another neighbour, the writer Patrick Kinross, who lived two doors away.
▪ He thanked the colonel for the interview and returned doggedly to his pistol lessons in the basement range two doors away.
▪ He tried the house opposite, and was told two doors down.
▪ I took the keenest pleasure in expelling Phetlock from my old office, two doors down from the Oval.
▪ Mr Potts and the matrons left them in the church and went to stay two doors away, in a hotel.
▪ The guest room's two doors down the corridor.
▪ The second was in another bin beside the Argos showroom two doors away.
up and down
▪ I want you kids to stop running up and down in the hall.
▪ All night he parades up and down the bar like a brawny old cockerel.
▪ He went down early each morning and jumped up and down in the briny, enjoying every minute of it.
▪ If you build your jig slightly larger than your posts it will slide up and down more easily.
▪ She opened doors, walked up and down, inspected rooms.
▪ The old woman nodded, left and right and up and down.
▪ The whole place reverberated with noise, feet pounding up and down stairs, children yelling, women shouting, doors banging.
▪ Two dancers in harness are walking up and down the pole.
▪ When the Goldwater scholarship was announced this spring, Flores jumped up and down, not for joy, but from surprise.
ups and downs
▪ We had a lot of ups and downs in our marriage.
▪ Eachuinn Odhar had his ups and downs, but more downs than ups.
▪ If you're prepared to take a five-year view, these ups and downs are worth enduring.
▪ Most older people cope with the ups and downs of their daily lives.
▪ Relearning is a longer, gradual process with ups and downs and it is too easy just to give up.
▪ There have been ups and downs of course.
▪ There have been ups and downs, yes, but on the whole my fortunes have grown.
▪ We need to hold tenaciously to our commitment to talk over the ups and downs of our days.
when the chips are down
▪ When the chips were down, you felt he could handle the situation.
▪ As you know, when the chips are down Leslie Bence comes out fighting.
▪ It is disappointing to find that, when the chips are down, your paper is no better than the rest.
▪ The implication, they fear, is that when the chips are down it is only rational human beings that really matter.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ After downing a whole bottle of tequila, she swallowed several dozen sleeping tablets.
▪ He claimed the rebels downed 35 government aircraft.
▪ Jack downed three beers with his steak and fries.
▪ Malone added 20 points as Utah downed Orlando in Salt Lake City.
▪ More than 60 electrical wires were downed by the wet, heavy snow.
▪ The servant brought a glass of water, which I downed in a single mouthful.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Parker downed it in one swallow.
▪ Schumacher sank back in his seat and downed the tumbler of whisky which had appeared at his side.
III.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
low
▪ Much lower down were the traditional school subjects of reading, writing and computation.
▪ So I was feeling pretty low down when I went in there.
▪ Yet it is the Vauxhall that feels more potent low down.
▪ By cutting the stems back hard, you will encourage it to produce new shoots from low down.
▪ It runs slower low down compared to what it does higher up.
slow
▪ That is, they tend to spend more in booms and to contract faster in slow downs.
▪ His departure prompted analysts and investors to expect a slow-down in market reforms.
▪ Finding things the reverse, at first I had to consciously think switch down for slow down.
▪ Likewise, those leisure companies with operations outside the South East may experience less of a slow down.
▪ Death rate was not a significant or relevant factor in explaining the slow down of population growth.
■ NOUN
chalk
▪ Next to the thin chalk downs in Wiltshire lies the Vale of Pewsey with its superb deep greensand.
▪ Arlott loved Hove as he did all those counties of the chalk downs and Weald.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
I couldn't put it down
▪ It's such a good book that I couldn't put it down.
▪ What an amazing book! I just couldn't put it down.
a walk/trip down memory lane
▪ So if anyone wants company for a walk down Memory Lane, I will gladly go with them.
▪ The doctor calls it a panic attack, I call it a trip down memory lane for big bro.
▪ This will be a trip down memory lane for the right hon. Gentleman.
batten down the hatches
▪ Businesses are focused on survival - everyone's battening down the hatches.
be breathing down sb's neck
▪ I'm already really busy today, and now Paul's breathing down my neck saying he wants the Paris deal completed.
▪ I can't work with you breathing down my neck.
▪ We'd better start sending out those letters soon -- I've had the sales manager breathing down my neck about it all week.
▪ He would be breathing down your neck all the time.
▪ Labour and the Liberal Democrats are breathing down his neck.
▪ Maybe the Assistant Commissioner's wife was breathing down Maxham's neck.
▪ The staff is breathing down your neck.
be counting (down) the minutes/hours/days
be falling down
▪ Her nappy was so wet it was falling down her legs.
▪ It is not that they are falling down drunk at. 08.
▪ Something, or some one, was falling down the hillside.
▪ Technically he is excellent but you have noticed that he is falling down on the supervisory aspects of his job.
▪ The attorney general is supposed to act only when the law enforcement is falling down or broken down in a local community.
▪ The house is falling down around our ears.
▪ There was a long pause, then, before it observed that some-thing was falling down toward it from the orbiting ship.
▪ They liked us at first because they thought we would like be falling down glad to have them as neighbors.
be sent down
▪ Afterwards in the pub some one told me he would probably be sent down.
▪ He was sent down from Eton in 1863 for a few months for having made a forbidden visit to a Jesuit house.
▪ He was sent down South to live with his grandparents when he was in second grade.
▪ I was using regular for about two years after that until I was sent down.
▪ Much of the iron was sent down the valleys for export through Cardiff and Newport.
▪ Police divers were sent down to check the vessel's hull for possible sabotage.
▪ There seems every possibility that Trev Proby will be sent down in the near future.
bear down on sb/sth
▪ A stillness which seemed to bear down on her like a physical presence.
▪ Five or six men, horsed, masked and well-armed, burst from a clump of trees and bore down on them.
▪ For those who find Christmas suddenly bearing down on them, the build-up to the day is one blur of activity.
▪ His eyes bore down on me out of a somewhat hawklike face, and I immediately became flustered.
▪ Meanwhile, the New Zealand Interislander Ferry is bearing down on us like a 350-foot long, 40-foot tall aquatic freight train.
▪ The Pequod bears down on the area and comes between the whale and the floundering seamen.
▪ These thoughts bear down on me as I sit here on this third night of writing.
▪ Yussuf bore down on her in a fury.
beat sb down
▪ I beat him down and got the bracelet for $2.
▪ The owners originally wanted $1000 for the horse, but George managed to beat them down to $850.
beat sb ↔ down
beat the door down
bed sb/sth ↔ down
boil down to sth
▪ In the end, the case will boil down to whether the jury believes Smith or not.
▪ But by any measure, the Republican presidential campaign right now boils down to Dole and Forbes.
▪ Honestly, it does all just boil down to the need to learn something.
▪ It boils down to whether you think the extra features and quality are worth the extra money.
▪ Love boils down to pheromones, it says.
▪ Tackling these more stubborn obstacles will boil down to better schools and plain old dollars and cents.
▪ The Grid boils down to only five behaviour patterns - the four extremes and the middle one.
▪ The real problem boils down to identifying the nature of the problem itself.
▪ To Smolan, the decision to leave so late in the game boiled down to quality.
boil sth ↔ down
bow down to sb
▪ And bowed down to resume his strange rump-in-the-air and face-in-the-sea posture.
▪ Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you.
break sth ↔ down
break sth ↔ down
break sth ↔ down
bring the house down
▪ Sinatra brought the house down when he sang "New York, New York."
▪ She nearly brought the house down when I scrounged another biscuit and put her through her repertoire of tricks.
▪ The Great One almost brought the house down in his return to Southern California.
▪ This comeback brought the house down.
▪ Topping the bill was Dangerous Dan the fire eater, but it was the finish that brought the house down.
brush yourself down
▪ Give me a couple of minutes, will you? Brush yourself down while you're waiting.
cash down
catch sb with their pants/trousers down
chuck it down
▪ Outside it was chucking it down and the streets were deserted.
close sth ↔ down
come back/down to earth (with a bump)
▪ Adai can come back to Earth after Gog is dead - after I am dead, perhaps.
▪ AIr travellers came down to earth with a bump yesterday when they joined in some charity aerobics.
▪ In Karuzi you quickly come down to earth.
▪ Maybe, but the once pricey products that use this satellite technology have come down to earth.
▪ Peter Lilley came down to earth.
▪ They recently have come down to Earth.
come down on sb like a ton of bricks
come down on the side of sb/sth
▪ I came down on the side of tax reform.
▪ I have been criticised for coming down on the side of the second alternative.
▪ Sheer orders of magnitude matter, and the orders of magnitude do not come down on the side of the real-balance effect.
▪ We have to come down on the side of the snowy plover.
come tumbling down
▪ Soon her marriage came tumbling down.
▪ And the marriage comes tumbling down as Roth, like a Roth hero, demands to become unbound from marital ties.
▪ Another set of walls comes tumbling down.
▪ As the Holy Spirit filled me, the barriers came tumbling down.
▪ He watched a huge white mountain collapse and come tumbling down on him.
▪ One wrong move, we realized with horror, and the doors could come tumbling down.
▪ The statues came tumbling down all over the Soviet Union.
▪ Then the stage came tumbling down.
▪ There is a loud clatter as a stack of circuit boards comes tumbling down.
cut sb down to size
▪ The team wants to cut UCLA down to size.
▪ History thus cuts man down to size by reminding him of his origins: its characteristic insight is hindsight.
▪ Josh would soon cut Hank down to size.
▪ To cut you down to size.
▪ When the time came, he would cut him down to size.
cut sb ↔ down
cut sth ↔ down
cut sth ↔ down
deep down
Deep down, I think she's really very ambitious.
▪ He pretends he doesn't care, but deep down I know he's very upset.
▪ I always believed deep down that things would get better.
▪ I kept pushing the team, but deep down I think I knew we wouldn't win.
▪ I regret my divorce, because deep down I'm a very old-fashioned woman.
▪ Yeah, sometimes he can be really nice and polite but, I tell you, deep down he's an animal!
down in the dumps
▪ If you're feeling down in the dumps, come over and have a chat.
▪ Mom's kind of down in the dumps at the moment -- why don't you buy her something to cheer her up?
▪ But his company is still down in the dumps.
▪ She supposed she was feeling a bit down in the dumps, apprehensive too about celebrating Christmas Day at the Danbys.
▪ We can't have you down in the dumps like this.
▪ You sound pretty down in the dumps.
down in the mouth
▪ Why do you look so down in the mouth today?
▪ He was no longer down in the mouth.
▪ I have, as you know, been slightly down in the mouth.
▪ Peter saw him the other night, Max, said he looked very down in the mouth.
down south
down your/London etc way
dress sb ↔ down
drop/go down like ninepins
▪ Men and horses went down like ninepins before them, in a tangle of waving limbs, flailing hooves and broken lances.
face down/downwards
▪ A man lay face down, feet toward the center, head away from it.
▪ Gently, he brought his face down on to Joe's and kissed him on his lips.
▪ I set my book face down on the chair and followed after him.
▪ I was lying face down on the ground.
▪ Larry Flynt presents the infamous pornographer as a likable slob who faced down the big guys and won.
▪ On return to Earth the orbiter orients itself so that the underside is facing down and slightly forwards.
▪ Side by side, the two men lay face down in the grass, feet toward the rear of the pale car.
force/ram/shove sth down sb's throat
▪ But my brokers were complaining that I was shoving them down their throats.
▪ His teeth were even and white, and Bernice wanted to ram them down his throat.
▪ Jess felt like ramming it down his throat.
▪ The agents poured pepper sauce down their nostrils, or forced water down their throats.
▪ Torrents of lava would not tumble out to force fire down his throat, torch his tongue.
get down to brass tacks
get sb down
▪ The endless rain was beginning to get him down.
▪ You can tell me if there's anything that's worrying you or getting you down.
get sth down (sb)
get sth down to a fine art
get sth ↔ down
get/put your head down
▪ He simply puts his head down and keeps on scoring goals - lots of them.
▪ He was as cranky as a bad-tempered goat, always putting his head down and charging into things that annoyed him.
▪ I put my head down and kept stroking.
▪ I put my head down into my hands and absented myself mentally.
▪ Instead of putting his head down and charging, Balshaw chipped and chased.
▪ When I saw him in court he was crying, and so was I.. He put his head down.
▪ You chuck down three of them, and then put your head down on your desk.
go down a/this road
▪ They mustn't go down this road again, it could only lead to disaster.
go down like a lead balloon
go down the Swanee
go down the shops/club/park etc
▪ We went down the shops on Saturdays.
go down well/badly/a treat etc
▪ It went down a treat with the matrons in safe seats like South-west Surrey.
▪ It seems to be going down a treat.
go up/come down in the world
hand down a decision/ruling/sentence etc
▪ Just a few months earlier, the Supreme Court had handed down a decision inviting states to pass abortion restrictions.
▪ She is expected soon to hand down a ruling.
▪ The commission will seek to arbitrate a resolution before handing down a decision in late summer.
hands down
▪ As he would reach up for it, she would stick the spoon in her mouth and then pull her hands down.
▪ Caroline strode to the windows and plumped her hands down on the sill.
▪ I pulled my hands down toward her knees.
▪ If an election had been held then, San Francisco would have won hands down.
▪ If size is a factor in this, Xerox has succeeded hands down.
▪ The answer is light, hands down.
▪ The twin arms of that mechanical gibbet forced his hands down into the liquid, which sizzled and steamed.
▪ You then bring your hands down and show that the birds have flown.
hit sb when they are down
hold down a job
▪ Clarke holds down two jobs to support his family.
▪ Kelly wants to prove to his father that he can hold down a job.
▪ But if you are schizophrenic, you can not think straight, concentrate, hold down a job.
▪ During the day they held down jobs as, respectively, a waitress and delivery driver.
▪ Frye was expounding on the dangers of holding down a job while taking a full load of courses.
▪ People with long-term mental disorder have many problems in holding down a job.
▪ Rella could hold down jobs, when she wanted to.
▪ Who would employ her and how would she hold down a job?
it is pissing down (with rain)
it's tipping (it) down
jump down sb's throat
▪ I was just asking a question. You don't have to jump down my throat!
keep your head down
▪ But real life, of course, teaches lesser men to keep their heads down and their mouths shut.
▪ Carla kept her head down as she approached the front door, glancing up briefly when the two officers introduced them-selves.
▪ Even his most bitter opponents are keeping their heads down.
▪ He kept his head down under fire, avoided trouble, trusted in luck to keep him alive.
▪ I have pain in my left shoulder when I keep my head down or in moving my left arm a lot.
▪ I kept my head down and pretended to be consuming the scraps left on my dish.
▪ I kept my head down and the heavy bag well to the fore as a protective shield.
▪ It was good advice to keep my head down in the early months.
kick sb when they are down
▪ The newspapers cannot resist kicking a man when he is down.
kick/hit a man when he's down
knock sb down to sth
▪ But prolonged recession and high unemployment knocked his popularity down to rock-bottom.
▪ Rose recommended knocking it down to $ 15, 000 and the supes agreed.
knock sb ↔ down
knock sb ↔ down
knock sth ↔ down
knock sth ↔ down
lay down the law
▪ If Bob starts laying down the law, just tell him to shut up.
▪ Parents need to lay down the law regarding how much TV their children watch.
▪ By eleven o'clock I was standing in front of Patterson's desk laying down the law.
▪ It is unfortunate that Mrs Gardner's thoroughness did not extend to laying down the law about insurance.
▪ MacFarland said I would do well in his class and laid down the law about doing well in the others.
▪ Ron, too, was laying down the law.
▪ She would lay down the laws.
▪ Steadily I disappointed Paquita, who believed it was my job to lay down the law with Clarisa.
▪ They made a move for the piano, but we laid down the law and soon redirected their energy to sightseeing.
▪ Well, there was nothing for it, I had to lay down the law in no uncertain terms.
lay down your life
▪ He considered it a privilege to lay down his life for his country.
▪ He remembered the words of Izz Huett: She would have laid down her life for you.
▪ I would lay down my life for it.
▪ They had true grievances to settle and were ready to lay down their lives for vengeance.
let sb down lightly/gently
let the side down
▪ Brown was constantly letting the side down.
▪ Essentially, it's the ageing drivetrain that lets the side down.
▪ I don't want to let the side down - don't send me to the Sick Room!
▪ It is an unmentionable subject, a terrible way of letting the side down.
let your guard/defences down
▪ Never let your guard down was the only solace he offered.
▪ We must not let our defences down, Mrs Thatcher and other cautious voices would argue.
let your hair down
▪ Chat rooms on the Internet are a place we can let our hair down and say what we think.
▪ I spotted Juanita really letting her hair down on the dance floor.
▪ Playing softball is just a good way to let your hair down and have fun.
▪ You can really let your hair down and do what you want at the club.
▪ Among the many booksellers and publishers whom I spotted letting their hair down on the dance floor was independent publisher Christopher Hurst.
▪ He liked this: what his pub was all about, for people to let their hair down.
▪ In the second half Complicite let their hair down in their own inimitable way.
▪ Man's got ta let his hair down.
▪ Out in the pasture, the princess let her hair down.
▪ This was the day our friends let their hair down and spoke with amazing frankness.
▪ We know when we can afford to let our hair down and when we can't.
let your hair down
▪ Among the many booksellers and publishers whom I spotted letting their hair down on the dance floor was independent publisher Christopher Hurst.
▪ He liked this: what his pub was all about, for people to let their hair down.
▪ In the second half Complicite let their hair down in their own inimitable way.
▪ Man's got ta let his hair down.
▪ Out in the pasture, the princess let her hair down.
▪ This was the day our friends let their hair down and spoke with amazing frankness.
▪ We know when we can afford to let our hair down and when we can't.
look down your nose at sb/sth
▪ I can go in a shirt and jeans and no one looks down his nose at me.
▪ Besides, I didn't fancy going to the Chapel and having all the family looking down their noses at me.
▪ But I was not one to look down my nose at shabbiness.
▪ Don't look down their noses at you.
▪ Never had any man so looked down his nose at her.
▪ No more will I look down my nose at whining, spineless malcontents.
▪ Normally she looked down her nose at men and then ignored them unless they needed the sharp edge of her tongue.
▪ One who doesn't look down her nose at anybody.
▪ We looked down our noses at this pair of student hicks.
look sb up and down
▪ "Don't be silly - you don't need to lose weight," he said, looking her up and down.
▪ The hotel manager slowly looked the old man up and down and then asked him to leave.
▪ Every day after the first two weeks I would look anxiously up and down the road, hoping to see their car.
▪ Raul looked him up and down, eyes opened wide with derision.
▪ Ron Barton looked her up and down.
▪ She looked him up and down.
▪ She stood there, looking Sherman up and down, as if she were angry.
▪ The eaters were lo-cals; they looked us up and down when we went in.
▪ The guy looked him up and down and then something clicked.
nail sb down
plonk yourself (down)
▪ He was built like a brick shithouse and he plonked himself down right in front of the stage.
plop (yourself) down
▪ Stanley plopped down on the sofa beside me.
▪ Carefully, slowly, not at all certain why, they plopped down on to the branch.
▪ On our other side a young couple wandered by and plopped down with only a six-pack and a sleeping bag.
▪ Our friend Joan strolls into the bank and plops down $ 100 to open an account.
▪ She plopped down too much mortar, smoothed it out and set a brick on it.
▪ She plops down on the empty cot and lifts a curtain to peer out the window.
▪ The coyote returned to the barn end and plopped down in front of the crowd of llamas.
plump (yourself) down
▪ Peggy plumped down in the chair beside Otto.
plunk (yourself) down
▪ Americans love to plunk themselves down in front of the TV.
▪ I plunk down a dollar and confront my deepest fears.
▪ Marketers usually plunk down the equivalent of $ 40, 000 or so in cash, goods or services for placement.
▪ The beverage giant wants you to plunk down your money and decide for yourself.
pull down a menu
▪ I could not pull down a menu.
▪ The pull down menus make the game easy to play and the smooth animation help keep the interest of younger players.
▪ The program has a pull down menu interface for ease of use.
▪ The program uses pull down menus and is easy to follow.
pull down sth
pull sb down
pull sth ↔ down
put (sth) down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put down a motion/an amendment
put down a revolution/revolt/rebellion etc
▪ My father's father, a soldier in the Black Watch, had helped put down a rebellion one Easter in Dublin.
put down roots
▪ Just as I was putting down roots, our family had to move up north.
▪ For Ada, putting down roots opens a new life of discipline and learning.
▪ However, now that they had family responsibilities and were beginning to put down roots, they returned to their former church-going.
▪ I was going to put down roots, achieve something, give meaning to my existence.
▪ In their place, developers are building upscale subdivisions that tend to cater to newcomers less willing to put down roots.
▪ It puts down roots 10 feet deep, easily withstanding drought and even frequent fires.
▪ Meanwhile, people who might want to put down roots in the community are finding it prohibitively expensive.
▪ She's had 8 quarters, so it's hard to put down roots.
▪ What better way to put down roots, and what more suitable time than in the spring?
put it down to experience
put sb down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sb down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sb down for £5/£20 etc
put sb ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sth ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sth ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sth ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put sth/sb ↔ down
▪ As the stage approached, I put one down and waved violently.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He asked two questions and put the phone down.
▪ I did not want to put it down.
▪ Minna put the letter down and shuddered.
▪ Parents may carry her around constantly afraid to put her down for fear she will burst into tears again.
▪ She put her drink down on the bar.
▪ When I put that phone down, I was in tears.
put the phone down
▪ After I have put the phone down I sit gazing at Kyle on the opposite side of the airwell.
▪ After she had put the phone down, she felt in a daze.
▪ And he had just put the phone down on the only man who could ruin it all for him.
▪ Be brisk, polite, and put the phone down.
▪ Culley put the phone down, then dialled Mike Dawson's number.
▪ He put the phone down and listened to its ringing - its machine persistence.
▪ He put the phone down in the dining room.
▪ He put the phone down on the cradle and stared at it.
put your foot down
▪ Ed was talking about dropping out of school, but Mom and Dad put their foot down.
▪ I wanted to take a year off before college, but my mother put her foot down.
▪ You'd better put your foot down before those kids get completely out of control.
▪ I put my feet down carefully.
▪ I put my foot down and the car began to move forward.
▪ Justice puts its foot down on Oxie.
▪ Later still My silly wee sister has put her feet down and refuses to let me near her Power Pack.
▪ Rice, however, put his foot down and made what he called his first policy decision.
▪ She didn't answer, just put her foot down and sent the Cortina faster and faster through the night.
▪ They could have put their foot down and dragged us into court.
▪ We were nearing the camp, so I aimed for the ruts in the track and put my foot down.
rain (down) blows/blows rain down
ram sth down sb's throat
▪ His teeth were even and white, and Bernice wanted to ram them down his throat.
▪ Jess felt like ramming it down his throat.
right up/down sb's alley
▪ The job sounds right up your alley.
▪ She said, I will tell you this Bobby Kennedy is right up my alley.
roll a window down
run down sth
run sb/sth down
run sb/sth ↔ down
run sb/sth ↔ down
sell sb down the river
▪ The workers were promised that they would not lose their jobs as a result of the merger. Later they found out that they had been sold down the river.
send sb down
send shivers/chills up (and down) your spine
▪ Stephen King's novels have sent shivers up readers' spines for more than 20 years.
▪ He kicked her sending shivers up her spine; again she yelped, and everything turned black.
▪ We both kept waiting for the moment when the experience would overwhelm us and send chills up our spines.
send sth ↔ down
settle (sb) down
▪ As she settled back down it continued to cook and burst into flames.
▪ At that time, diesel prices in California spiked briefly, but settled back down by the end of that year.
▪ Before she could say any more, he settled the helmet down over his head and fastened the strap.
▪ Find a doctor, maybe; something to settle him down.
▪ He settled his weight down on the step beside her and dwelt anxiously on her state.
▪ He nods stiffly, then settles his chin down on his chest, scowling.
▪ Try to settle the puppy down here before going to bed.
▪ We wound up taking him for long rides in the car to settle him down.
shake sb ↔ down
shake sb/sth ↔ down
shin up/down
▪ Craig shinned down the rope to where we were standing.
▪ I locked myself out of the house and had to shinny up a drainpipe to get in.
▪ We watched as small boys shinned up palm trees and brought coconuts down.
▪ Boys and girls shinned up trees to 10p off branches.
▪ But can not phone him from Twills as Mr Twill would insist on shinning up drainpipe himself and break femur.
▪ Dave shinned up a handy conifer.
▪ He nodded encouragement to his fellows, and they shinned up after him and dropped down into the stockade.
▪ Maintenance men could tell whether a pole - wooden or concrete - is dangerously cracked before shinning up it.
▪ No fire-escape, no convenient drainpipe anyone could shin up.
▪ Nothing as cheap as an open window or shinning down a drainpipe at midnight or down paying a suitcase full of bricks.
▪ The animal was so tame that it shinned up his leg and dived into a deep pocket.
shinny up/down
▪ His brother was eight and spent two days learning how to shinny up to the office.
▪ The boy panicked and tried more desperately to shinny up the mast.
shut sb ↔ down
sit down and do sth
▪ First we should sit down and work out the financing.
▪ But I found I could just sit down and play by ear.
▪ He sat down and pushed at the lid with one filthy paw.
▪ Something that makes you want to sit down and take notice.
▪ The harvesters stopped work, sat down and started to eat and drink.
▪ The Springboks sat down and waited.
▪ Then she sat down and started to eat.
▪ Then the Kuchas sat down and ate the fish in his honor.
▪ We can all sit down and analyze.
sit sb down
stand (sb) down
▪ Gabriel had the window wide open and was standing there looking down at him.
▪ He stands looking down at me.
▪ He stood looking down at Tibbles, breathing heavily.
▪ He walked slowly over to the door, and stood looking down at her.
▪ Jane crossed to the windows and stood staring down into the street.
▪ Then he stood looking down at Tim Reagan.
sth will go down in history
▪ 1989 will go down in history as the year in which Stalinist Communism ended.
▪ This Minister will go down in history as the Minister who killed off small shops in Britain.
take sth lying down
▪ We are not going to take this verdict lying down. There will be protests.
▪ And, on yer bike: The charity rider who's taking it all lying down.
▪ But Will took it lying down - all in a good cause of course.
▪ Carl however was too active mentally to take this lying down.
▪ Mr Estrada has not taken the storm lying down.
▪ Perhaps you're not a person to take criticism lying down and you have had some sharp exchanges with your friend.
▪ The Socialists, though, are not taking it lying down.
▪ They're not taking it lying down.
▪ They are not taking things lying down as many other Third World people tend to do.
the thumbs up/down
▪ But the docs just gave me the thumbs up.
▪ East Kilbride celebrates as tyre plant proposal given the thumbs down.
▪ I can see it now: In toga and laurel wreath, Big Al will give the thumbs up or thumbs down.
▪ In Grampian, 80 percent. of general practitioners gave it the thumbs down.
▪ London movie-goers gave Glengarry Glen Ross, about cut-throat estate agents, the thumbs up this week.
▪ The Dole campaign has not yet given the thumbs up, preferring to wait for the results of Super Tuesday.
▪ The question, which had been popped earlier on the stadium's electronic scoreboard, got the thumbs up.
▪ Top analysts gave it the thumbs up and prices took off.
throw yourself at/on/into/down etc
▪ At this stage, the urge to do something was unfocused, but it was extraordinary how people threw themselves into it.
▪ Grief-stricken, he threw himself on her..
▪ He kicked it in, threw himself on the floor and rolled under the bed.
▪ I threw myself down on the bed and sobbed bitterly.
▪ I threw myself into organising the funeral, picking out the music I wanted played.
▪ Like Billy McFadzean who in 1916 threw himself on two bombs to save his comrades in the trenches of the Somme.
▪ They threw themselves down on the street or took shelter behind cars and in doorways.
▪ You put him in a situation where women are throwing themselves at him.
turn sth upside down
▪ A distorted religion has turned the world upside down, denying that anything ever existed before itself.
▪ I turn the box upside down and bring it out empty.
▪ The girl was turning everything upside down.
▪ The history of implants has been equally painful; implants can shift or turn themselves upside down.
▪ They studied the map for a while, scratched their heads, turned it upside down and studied it some more.
▪ We could turn the glass upside down and sideways without having the water pour out because air pressure pushes in all directions.
▪ Yet with an appealing brew of nationalism and promise of democratic reform, Kostunica has since turned Yugoslav politics upside down.
two/three etc doors away/down/up
▪ Across the world, or two doors down the corridor.
▪ Freda Berkeley misses her and another neighbour, the writer Patrick Kinross, who lived two doors away.
▪ He thanked the colonel for the interview and returned doggedly to his pistol lessons in the basement range two doors away.
▪ He tried the house opposite, and was told two doors down.
▪ I took the keenest pleasure in expelling Phetlock from my old office, two doors down from the Oval.
▪ Mr Potts and the matrons left them in the church and went to stay two doors away, in a hotel.
▪ The guest room's two doors down the corridor.
▪ The second was in another bin beside the Argos showroom two doors away.
up and down
▪ I want you kids to stop running up and down in the hall.
▪ All night he parades up and down the bar like a brawny old cockerel.
▪ He went down early each morning and jumped up and down in the briny, enjoying every minute of it.
▪ If you build your jig slightly larger than your posts it will slide up and down more easily.
▪ She opened doors, walked up and down, inspected rooms.
▪ The old woman nodded, left and right and up and down.
▪ The whole place reverberated with noise, feet pounding up and down stairs, children yelling, women shouting, doors banging.
▪ Two dancers in harness are walking up and down the pole.
▪ When the Goldwater scholarship was announced this spring, Flores jumped up and down, not for joy, but from surprise.
ups and downs
▪ We had a lot of ups and downs in our marriage.
▪ Eachuinn Odhar had his ups and downs, but more downs than ups.
▪ If you're prepared to take a five-year view, these ups and downs are worth enduring.
▪ Most older people cope with the ups and downs of their daily lives.
▪ Relearning is a longer, gradual process with ups and downs and it is too easy just to give up.
▪ There have been ups and downs of course.
▪ There have been ups and downs, yes, but on the whole my fortunes have grown.
▪ We need to hold tenaciously to our commitment to talk over the ups and downs of our days.
wear sb ↔ down
when the chips are down
▪ When the chips were down, you felt he could handle the situation.
▪ As you know, when the chips are down Leslie Bence comes out fighting.
▪ It is disappointing to find that, when the chips are down, your paper is no better than the rest.
▪ The implication, they fear, is that when the chips are down it is only rational human beings that really matter.
wind sth ↔ down
wind sth ↔ down
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a down comforter
▪ Bring a down jacket and a pair of gloves, and you'll be fine.
▪ In the second quarter, he sprinted up the field 13 yards for a first down.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Across the fields towards the downs is the disused Wilts and Berks Canal.
▪ As a result, some aspects of Hollywood history are magnified in the ups and downs of his career.
▪ They also blitzed continually on first and second downs, putting the Raiders in more predictable, long-yardage situations.
▪ They averaged more than six yards a play, and they picked up nine first downs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Down

Down \Down\, a.

  1. Downcast; as, a down look. [R.]

  2. Downright; absolute; positive; as, a down denial. [Obs.]
    --Beau. & Fl.

  3. Downward; going down; sloping; as, a down stroke; a down grade; a down train on a railway.

    Down draught, a downward draft, as in a flue, chimney, shaft of a mine, etc.

    Down in the mouth, Down at the mouth chopfallen; dejected.

Down

Down \Down\, v. i. To go down; to descend.
--Locke.

Down

Down \Down\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Downed; p. pr. & vb. n. Downing.] To cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to overthrow, as in wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down. [Archaic or Colloq.] ``To down proud hearts.''
--Sir P. Sidney.

I remember how you downed Beauclerk and Hamilton, the wits, once at our house.
--Madame D'Arblay.

Down

Down \Down\, prep. [From Down, adv.]

  1. In a descending direction along; from a higher to a lower place upon or within; at a lower place in or on; as, down a hill; down a well.

  2. Hence: Towards the mouth of a river; towards the sea; as, to sail or swim down a stream; to sail down the sound.

    Down the country, toward the sea, or toward the part where rivers discharge their waters into the ocean.

    Down the sound, in the direction of the ebbing tide; toward the sea.

Down

Down \Down\, n. [OE. dun, doun, AS. d[=u]n; of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. d[=u]n hill, fortified hill, Gael. dun heap, hillock, hill, W. din a fortified hill or mount; akin to E. town. See Town, and cf. Down, adv. & prep., Dune.]

  1. A bank or rounded hillock of sand thrown up by the wind along or near the shore; a flattish-topped hill; -- usually in the plural.

    Hills afford prospects, as they must needs acknowledge who have been on the downs of Sussex.
    --Ray.

    She went by dale, and she went by down.
    --Tennyson.

  2. A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep; -- usually in the plural. [Eng.]

    Seven thousand broad-tailed sheep grazed on his downs.
    --Sandys.

  3. pl. A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war.

    On the 11th [June, 1771] we run up the channel . . . at noon we were abreast of Dover, and about three came to an anchor in the Downs, and went ashore at Deal.
    --Cook (First Voyage).

  4. pl. [From the adverb.] A state of depression; low state; abasement. [Colloq.]

    It the downs of life too much outnumber the ups.
    --M. Arnold.

Down

Down \Down\ (doun), v. t. To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down. [R.]
--Young.

Down

Down \Down\, n. [Akin to LG. dune, dun, Icel. d?nn, Sw. dun, Dan. duun, G. daune, cf. D. dons; perh. akin to E. dust.]

  1. Fine, soft, hairy outgrowth from the skin or surface of animals or plants, not matted and fleecy like wool; esp.:

    1. (Zo["o]l.) The soft under feathers of birds. They have short stems with soft rachis and bards and long threadlike barbules, without hooklets.

    2. (Bot.) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or envelope of the seeds of certain plants, as of the thistle.

    3. The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear.

      And the first down begins to shade his face.
      --Dryden.

  2. That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down

    When in the down I sink my head, Sleep, Death's twin brother, times my breath.
    --Tennyson.

    Thou bosom softness, down of all my cares!
    --Southern.

    Down tree (Bot.), a tree of Central America ( Ochroma Lagopus), the seeds of which are enveloped in vegetable wool.

Down

Down \Down\, adv. [For older adown, AS. ad[=u]n, ad[=u]ne, prop., from or off the hill. See 3d Down, and cf. Adown, and cf. Adown.]

  1. In the direction of gravity or toward the center of the earth; toward or in a lower place or position; below; -- the opposite of up.

  2. Hence, in many derived uses, as:

    1. From a higher to a lower position, literally or figuratively; in a descending direction; from the top of an ascent; from an upright position; to the ground or floor; to or into a lower or an inferior condition; as, into a state of humility, disgrace, misery, and the like; into a state of rest; -- used with verbs indicating motion.

      It will be rain to-night. Let it come down.
      --Shak.

      I sit me down beside the hazel grove.
      --Tennyson.

      And that drags down his life.
      --Tennyson.

      There is not a more melancholy object in the learned world than a man who has written himself down.
      --Addison.

      The French . . . shone down [i. e., outshone] the English.
      --Shak.

    2. In a low or the lowest position, literally or figuratively; at the bottom of a descent; below the horizon; on the ground; in a condition of humility, dejection, misery, and the like; in a state of quiet.

      I was down and out of breath.
      --Shak.

      The moon is down; I have not heard the clock.
      --Shak.

      He that is down needs fear no fall.
      --Bunyan.

  3. From a remoter or higher antiquity.

    Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation.
    --D. Webster.

  4. From a greater to a less bulk, or from a thinner to a thicker consistence; as, to boil down in cookery, or in making decoctions.
    --Arbuthnot.

    Note: Down is sometimes used elliptically, standing for go down, come down, tear down, take down, put down, haul down, pay down, and the like, especially in command or exclamation.

    Down, therefore, and beg mercy of the duke.
    --Shak.

    If he be hungry more than wanton, bread alone will down.
    --Locke. Down is also used intensively; as, to be loaded down; to fall down; to hang down; to drop down; to pay down.

    The temple of Her[`e] at Argos was burnt down.
    --Jowett (Thucyd.). Down, as well as up, is sometimes used in a conventional sense; as, down East.

    Persons in London say down to Scotland, etc., and those in the provinces, up to London.
    --Stormonth.

    Down helm (Naut.), an order to the helmsman to put the helm to leeward.

    Down on or Down upon (joined with a verb indicating motion, as go, come, pounce), to attack, implying the idea of threatening power.

    Come down upon us with a mighty power.
    --Shak.

    Down with, take down, throw down, put down; -- used in energetic command, often by people aroused in crowds, referring to people, laws, buildings, etc.; as, down with the king! ``Down with the palace; fire it.''
    --Dryden.

    To be down on, to dislike and treat harshly. [Slang, U.S.]

    To cry down. See under Cry, v. t.

    To cut down. See under Cut, v. t.

    Up and down, with rising and falling motion; to and fro; hither and thither; everywhere. ``Let them wander up and down.''
    --Ps. lix. 1

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
down

"soft feathers," late 14c., from Old Norse dunn, perhaps ultimately from PIE root *dheu- (1) "to fly about (like dust), to rise in a cloud."

down

1560s, from down (adv.). Meaning "swallow hastily" is by 1860; football sense of "bring down (an opposing player) by tackling" is attested by 1887. Related: Downed; downing.

down

late Old English shortened form of Old English ofdune "downwards," from dune "from the hill," dative of dun "hill" (see down (n.2)). A sense development peculiar to English.\n

\nUsed as a preposition since c.1500. Sense of "depressed mentally" is attested from c.1600. Slang sense of "aware, wide awake" is attested from 1812. Computer crash sense is from 1965. As a preposition from late 14c.; as an adjective from 1560s. Down-and-out is from 1889, American English, from situation of a beaten prizefighter. Down home (adj.) is 1931, American English; down the hatch as a toast is from 1931; down to the wire is 1901, from horse-racing. Down time is from 1952. Down under "Australia and New Zealand" attested from 1886; Down East "Maine" is from 1825; Down South "in the Southern states of the U.S." is attested by 1834.

down

Old English dun "down, moor; height, hill, mountain," from Proto-Germanic *dunaz- (cognates: Middle Dutch dunen "sandy hill," Dutch duin), "probably a pre-insular loan-word from Celtic" [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names], in other words, borrowed at a very early period, before the Anglo-Saxon migration, from PIE root *dheue- "to close, finish, come full circle." Meaning "elevated rolling grassland" is from c.1300.\n

\nThe non-English Germanic words tend to mean "dune, sand bank" (see dune), while the Celtic cognates tend to mean "hill, citadel" (compare Old Irish dun "hill, hill fort;" Welsh din "fortress, hill fort;" and second element in place names London, Verdun, etc.). German Düne, French dune, Italian, Spanish duna are said to be loan-words from Dutch.

Wiktionary
down

Etymology 1 n. 1 (context archaic except in place-names English) hill, rolling grassland 2 (context usually plural English) Field, especially for racing. 3 (context UK mostly in the plural English) A tract of poor, sandy, undulating or hilly land near the sea, covered with fine turf which serves chiefly for the grazing of sheep. 4 A road for shipping in the English Channel or Straits of Dover, near Deal, employed as a naval rendezvous in time of war. Etymology 2

  1. 1 depressed, feeling low. 2 On a lower level than before. 3 Having a lower score than an opponent. 4 (context baseball colloquial following the noun modified English) out. 5 (context colloquial English) With "on", negative about, hostile to 6 (context not comparable US slang English) Comfortable with, accepting of. 7 (context not comparable English) inoperable; out of order; out of service. 8 finished (of a task); defeated or deal with (of an opponent or obstacle); elapsed (of time). Often coupled with ''to go'' (remaining). 9 (context not comparable military police slang of a person English) Wounded and unable to move normally; killed. 10 (context not comparable military aviation slang of an aircraft English) Mechanically failed, collided, shot down, or otherwise suddenly unable to fly. 11 Thoroughly practiced, learned or memorised; mastered. (qualifier: Compare ''down pat''.) 12 (context obsolete English) Downright; absolute; positive. adv. (lb en comparable) From a higher position to a lower one; downwards. n. 1 a negative aspect; a downer. 2 (context dated English) A grudge ((term: on) someone). 3 An act of swallowing an entire drink in one. 4 (context American football English) A single play, from the time the ball is snapped (the start) to the time the whistle is blown (the end) when the ball ''is down'', or ''is downed''. 5 (context crosswords English) A clue whose solution runs vertically in the grid. 6 An downstairs room of a two story house. 7 down payment prep. From the higher end to the lower of. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To drink or swallow, especially without stopping before the vessel containing the liquid is empty. 2 (context transitive English) To cause to come down; to knock down or subdue. 3 (context transitive pocket billiards English) To put a ball in a pocket; to pot a ball. 4 (context transitive American football English) To bring a play to an end by touching the ball to the ground or while it is on the ground. 5 (context transitive English) To write off; to make fun of. 6 (context obsolete intransitive English) To go down; to descend. Etymology 3

    n. 1 Soft, fluffy immature feathers which grow on young birds. Used as insulating material in duvets, sleeping bags and jackets. 2 (context botany English) The pubescence of plants; the hairy crown or envelope of the seeds of certain plants, such as the thistle. 3 The soft hair of the face when beginning to appear. 4 That which is made of down, as a bed or pillow; that which affords ease and repose, like a bed of down. vb. (context transitive English) To cover, ornament, line, or stuff with down.

WordNet
down
  1. n. soft fine feathers [syn: down feather]

  2. (American football) a complete play to advance the football; "you have 4 downs to gain 10 yards"

  3. English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896) [syn: John L. H. Down]

  4. (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil

  5. fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs) [syn: pile]

down
  1. adv. spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position; "don't fall down"; "rode the lift up and skied down"; "prices plunged downward" [syn: downwards, downward, downwardly] [ant: up, up, up, up]

  2. away from a more central or a more northerly place; "was sent down to work at the regional office"; "worked down on the farm"; "came down for the wedding"; "flew down to Florida" [ant: up]

  3. paid in cash at time of purchase; "put ten dollars down on the necklace"

  4. from an earlier time; "the story was passed down from father to son"

  5. to a lower intensity; "he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black" [ant: up]

  6. in an inactive or inoperative state; "the factory went down during the strike"; "the computer went down again"

down
  1. v. drink down entirely; "He downed three martinis before dinner"; "She killed a bottle of brandy that night"; "They popped a few beer after work" [syn: toss off, pop, bolt down, belt down, pour down, drink down, kill]

  2. eat immoderately; "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal" [syn: devour, consume, go through]

  3. bring down or defeat (an opponent)

  4. shoot at and force to come down; "the enemy landed several of our aircraft" [syn: shoot down, land]

  5. cause to come or go down; "The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect"; "The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet" [syn: knock down, cut down, push down, pull down]

  6. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing" [syn: polish, refine, fine-tune]

down
  1. adj. being or moving lower in position or less in some value; "lay face down"; "the moon is down"; "our team is down by a run"; "down by a pawn"; "the stock market is down today" [ant: up]

  2. becoming progressively lower; "the down trend in the real estate market" [syn: down(a)]

  3. understood perfectly; "had his algebra problems down" [syn: down pat(p), mastered]

  4. extending or moving from a higher to a lower place; "the down staircase"; "the downward course of the stream" [syn: down(a), downward(a)]

  5. out; "two down in the last of the ninth" [syn: down(p)]

  6. lower than previously; "the market is depressed"; "prices are down" [syn: depressed, down(p)]

  7. shut; "the shades were down"

  8. cut down; "the tree is down" [syn: cut, cut down]

  9. not functioning (temporarily or permanently); "we can't work because the computer is down"

  10. low in spirits; "lonely and blue in a strange city"; "depressed by the loss of his job"; "a dispirited and resigned expression on her face"; "downcast after his defeat"; "feeling discouraged and downhearted" [syn: blue, depressed, dispirited, down(p), downcast, downhearted, down in the mouth, low, low-spirited]

  11. the fractional price paid in cash at time of purchase; "the down payment"; "a payment of $200 down"

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Down

Down may refer to:

Down (Blink-182 song)

"Down" is a song by the American rock band Blink-182, released on June 21, 2004 as the third single from the group's 2003 self-titled album. The song peaked at number 10 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Down (UK Parliament constituency)

Down was a UK Parliament constituency in Ireland. It was a two-member constituency and existed in two periods, 1801-1885 and 1922-1950.

Down (Northern Ireland Parliament constituencies)

Down is one of the six counties comprising Northern Ireland.

County Down was represented in the Northern Ireland House of Commons 1921-1973. This article deals with the Down County constituencies. For the County Down Borough constituencies in the City of Belfast, see Belfast (Northern Ireland Parliament constituencies). See also the List of Northern Ireland Parliament constituencies 1921-1973.

Down (novel)

Down is an original novel by Lawrence Miles featuring the fictional archaeologist Bernice Summerfield. The New Adventures were a spin-off from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

As with some other Bernice Summerfield fiction, the novel is written as if taken from Bernice's diaries and, as such, explores the implications of her being an unreliable narrator. The novel includes characters from the People, an alien civilisation introduced in The Also People.

Down (Sentenced album)

Down, released in November 1996 on Century Media records, is the fourth album by Sentenced. It is also the first album including the vocalist Ville Laihiala. This album marks the band's progression from melodic death metal to gothic metal.

Down (R.K.M & Ken-Y song)

"Down" is the second single released from the debut album of the reggaeton duo RKM & Ken-Y, Masterpiece (2006). "Down" is sung in both English and Spanish languages. The song wasn't supposed to be a single, but due to its massive radio airplay and popularity, it became the album's second single, after Dame Lo Que Quiero. The song was composed by Wise and Rossana Pina and produced by Mambo Kingz.

Down (band)

Down is an American heavy metal supergroup that formed in 1991 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band's current lineup consists of vocalist Phil Anselmo ( Pantera), guitarist Pepper Keenan ( Corrosion of Conformity), guitarist Bobby Landgraf (Honky), bassist Pat Bruders ( Goatwhore), and drummer Jimmy Bower ( Crowbar, Eyehategod, and Superjoint Ritual). Since their formation, Down has gone on hiatus twice. To date, Down has released five studio albums. The first three were LPs entitled NOLA (1995), Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow (2002), and Down III: Over the Under (2007). In 2008, the band began working on additional material, which resulted in two EPs entitled Down IV – Part I, released in September 2012 and Down IV – Part II, released in May 2014.

Down (gridiron football)

A down is a period in which a play transpires in American and Canadian football. The down is a distinguishing characteristic of the game compared to other codes of football, but is synonymous with a "tackle" in rugby league. The team in possession of the football has a limited number of downs (four downs in American football, three downs in Canadian football) to advance ten yards or more towards their opponent's goal line. If they fail to advance that far, possession of the ball is turned over to the other team. In most situations, if a team reaches their final down they will punt to their opponent, which forces them to begin their drive from further down the field; if they are in range, they might also attempt to score a field goal.

Down (film)

Down is a 2001 horror film written and directed by Dick Maas about a killer elevator, starring James Marshall and Naomi Watts. The film is also known as The Shaft, which is the name used for the United States DVD release. The film is a remake of the 1983 Dutch film De Lift (The Elevator), which was also directed by Maas.

Watts plays the role of pushy journalist Jennifer Evans, and Marshall is Mark, an elevator repairman and former Marine. The movie was mainly filmed in the Netherlands, although the crew briefly visited New York and the District of Columbia as well for exterior shots.

The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2001, but was not released on video in the United States until two years later.

Produced before the September 11, 2001, attacks, the film makes several references to the possibility of terrorists attacking New York City and even specifically about Osama bin Laden, the use of airplanes by terrorists, and the Twin Towers.

Down (311 song)

"Down" is a song by the band 311. It is the first song on their third album, 311. It was their first #1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs charts, and along with their self-titled album, was largely responsible for launching them into mainstream success. An accompanying video for the song was in rotation on MTV at the time of its release. Due to its massive popularity it was also included as the first song on their live album, Live, and on their greatest hits album, Greatest Hits '93-'03. Since its release it has also become a staple of their live concerts, and is usually dedicated "to all the old-school 311 fans."

"Down" was released as downloadable content for the music video game Rock Band 3 on October 2, 2012.

Down (comics)

Down is a four-issue American comic book limited series published in late 2005 and early 2006, by Top Cow Productions, an imprint of Image Comics. The series was written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner and Tony Harris.

Down tells the story of an undercover cop, sent on an unofficial mission to deal with a fellow officer who "went native" when infiltrating a drugs gang.

Down (The Jesus Lizard album)

Down is an album by the Chicago band The Jesus Lizard. It was their last album for Touch and Go records and the last to be produced by Steve Albini.

The song "Horse" was labeled as "Pony Beat" on set lists for live shows. David Wm. Sims plays an organ on the album version.

The painting on the cover is "Falling Dog" by Malcolm Bucknall, for which Bucknall asked no pay and offers no explanation for the falling dog image. Bucknall also did the cover art for the Puss/Oh, the Guilt split single with Nirvana and the Jesus Lizard's Liar album.

Down (Stone Temple Pilots song)

"Down" is a song by American rock band Stone Temple Pilots, released as the first single from their fourth album, No. 4. In the U.S., the song peaked at #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #9 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Down (Northern Ireland Parliament constituency)

Down was a county constituency of the Parliament of Northern Ireland from 1921 - 1929. It returned eight MPs, using the single transferable vote method of proportional representation.

Down (Parliament of Ireland constituency)

Down was a constituency represented in the Irish House of Commons until 1800.

Down (Breaking Bad)

"Down" is the fourth episode of the second season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad, and the eleventh overall episode of the series. It was written by Sam Catlin and directed by John Dahl.

Down (Jay Sean song)

Down is an R&B- electropop song by British artist Jay Sean. The song was released in North America as his debut single from his first album there, All or Nothing. In other markets, including the United Kingdom, the song serves as Jay Sean's lead single from his third studio album. The single features American rapper and label mate Lil Wayne and is produced by J-Remy and Bobby Bass. "Down" is the seventh-best selling single of 2009, and has been certified Platinum in several countries. The song went on to sell six million copies in the United States, and received a large airplay of two billion listener impressions on radio worldwide.

The track was released to US radio on 31 May 2009, and digital retailers on 30 June 2009. "Down" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the issue dated 17 October 2009, knocking The Black Eyed Peas off the top of the chart after their 26-week reign at number one. This made Jay Sean the first British act to score a Billboard Hot 100 number-one single since Coldplay's " Viva la Vida" in 2008, and the fourth British act overall in the 2000s decade. The song has also made him "the first UK Urban act ever to top Billboard's Hot 100", the ninth (second British) male solo performer to top the US charts with his debut single in the United States, and the first British act to have reached No. 1 in the United States and not in the United Kingdom with a song since Seal's " Kiss From a Rose" in 1995. It is also the best-selling single by a British/European male artist in North America since Elton John's " Candle in the Wind" in 1997, and the first by a British Asian artist since Freddie Mercury in 1980.

Down (The Kooks song)

"Down" is a song by British rock band The Kooks. It was released on 18 April 2014 through Virgin EMI Records as the lead single from the band's upcoming fourth studio album Listen, which is scheduled to be released on 1 September 2014. The song debuted on UK Singles Chart at number 40. It has also reportedly divided fans.

Down (Motograter song)

"Down" is a song by American industrial metal band Motograter. The song was released as the second single from the band's self-titled debut.

Down (civil parish)

Down is a civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is situated in the historic barony of Lecale Upper.

Usage examples of "down".

I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.

Either come down to us into the meadow yonder, that we may slay you with less labour, or else, which will be the better for you, give up to us the Upmeads thralls who be with you, and then turn your faces and go back to your houses, and abide there till we come and pull you out of them, which may be some while yet.

I have heard thy windy talk, and this is the answer: we will neither depart, nor come down to you, but will abide our death by your hands here on this hill-side.

Both Abigail and Moira laughed with delight as they sought to hold down the billowing cloth.

Guillaume Erard unfolded a double sheet of paper, and read Jeanne the form of abjuration, written down according to the opinion of the masters.

Notary take care to set it down that the said abjuration was made by one gravely suspected of heresy, so that if she should be proved to have relapsed, she should then be judged accordingly and delivered up to the secular Court.

Once inside the ablutions one of the interrogators pulled his underpants down around his ankles and ordered him to step out of them and bend over.

The arrest of the abnormal breaking down of the tissues, and the prevention of emaciation.

Should this prove to be the case I will leave someone aboard with instructions to haul down our colours.

So there they abode a space looking down on the square and its throng, and the bells, which had been ringing when they came up, now ceased a while.

And withal they saw men all armed coming from out the High House, who went down to the Bridge and abode there.

But no human being loved the aborigines more, nor stood ready to lay down her life for them if it were necessary.

It was Sandy Wan, the woman who would later help me track down the truth about the abortus vendors.

He followed immediately after, covering her with his naked body, then immediately adjusted himself, side to side and up and down so that his chest hairs abraded her nipples and his erection rested between her legs.

The wash-head was operating, spraying the windows and his abseil rope as it travelled down after him.