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bring someone down

 
1. Lit. to assist or accompany someone from a higher place to a lower place. Please bring your friends down so I can meet them. She brought down her cousin, who had been taking a nap upstairs. Aunt Mattie was brought down for supper.
2. Fig. to bring someone to a place for a visit. Let's bring Tom and Terri down for a visit this weekend. We brought down Tom just last month. They were brought down at our expense for a weekend visit.
3. Fig. to restore someone to a normal mood or attitude. (After a period of elation or, perhaps, drug use.) The bad news brought me down quickly. I was afraid that the sudden change of plans would bring down the entire group.
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bring something down

 
1. Lit. to move something from a higher place to a lower place. Bring that box down, please. And while you're up there, please bring down the box marked "winter clothing."
2. to lower something, such as prices, profits, taxes, etc. The governor pledged to bring taxes down. I hope they bring down taxes.
3. Fig. to defeat or overcome something, such as an enemy, a government, etc. The events of the last week will probably bring the government down. The scandal will bring down the government, I hope.
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bring down somebody/something

also bring somebody/something down
to remove a person or a government from power The demonstrations reminded me of the troubles that brought down the president. The students were not just asking for reforms, they wanted to bring down the government.
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bring something down

also bring down something
1. to reduce something Drugs can bring your blood pressure down.
2. to cause something to fail Dozens of Web sites were brought down by these software programs.
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bring something down (on somebody)

also bring down something (on somebody)
to cause something to have influence or power over someone Why would you bring down that kind of attention if you were trying not to be noticed? We don't bring violence down on people. People bring it down on themselves.
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bring down

1. Cause to fall, collapse, or die. For example, The pilot won a medal for bringing down enemy aircraft, or The bill's defeat was sure to bring down the party. [c. 1300]
2. Cause a punishment or judgment, as in The bomb threats brought down the public's wrath on the terrorists [Mid-1600s]
3. Reduce, lower, as in I won't buy it till they bring down the price, or He refused to bring himself down to their level. This usage may be literal, as in the first example, or figurative, as in the second. [First half of 1500s]
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bring down

v.
1. To move something or someone from a higher to a lower position: He brought down the plates from the top shelf. She brought the trunk down from the attic.
2. To cause something to fall or collapse: The explosives went off and brought down the old building. That tower is so strong that no wind could bring it down.
3. To reduce the amount or level of something: I opened the window to bring down the temperature in my room. Can you bring the volume of the stereo down a bit?
4. To remove a ruler or government from a position of power: The rebels intend to bring down the government. A strong opposition to the leaders could bring them down. The president was brought down by the scandal.
5. Slang To depress or discourage someone: The argument I had with my friends really brought me down.
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Mumtaz said that recent decision would not only give breathing space to the industrial sector but also help agriculture sector prosper, adding that Pakistan agriculture sector was engine of growth and cut in petroleum prices would bring down the input cost of agriculture production as high speed diesel is being used in tractors, tubewells, harvesters, thrashers and other agriculture machinery.
The Brit Comedian said that in this book he will explain people how to bring down the government and establish a personal and global utopia and having accrued the greatest wisdom known to man (by conducting interviews, watching DVDs, reading books, thinking and looking at the sky) the 38-year-old will be able to put in a simple, accessible book(y wook) the solution to internal and external turmoil.
Sponging with tepid water to bring down a fever is no longer advised.
Following a party summit over the weekend at Berlusconi's Milan villa, members of the PDL said his removal from parliament was "unthinkable" and openly threatened to bring down the government if their PD coalition partners vote to evict him.
Senior police officers say this will not only bring down the incidence of sex crimes but also help keep an eye on habitual offenders.
The temperature had jumped to 31 degree centigrade in the capital city and other adjoining districts but the rain is likely to bring down the mercury.
Earlier this month, an event calling on Egypt's revolutionaries to gather and bring down the walls had begun to circulate on Facebook.
The effect of this could bring down the cost of flying from regional airports, as a greater choice of flights outside southeast England would increase competition, which would ultimately force down prices.
Hezbollah needed the backing of more than a third of the ministers to bring down the government.
BDI will not support SDSM in its attempts to bring down this Government despite announcements of Deputy PM Abdylaqim Ademi that they will review their position in the Government.
PRIME Minister David Cameron was forced to abandon a visit to British troops in a frontline base in Afghanistan amid fears the Taliban were trying to bring down his helicopter.
He then says that Scargill tried to bring down a democratically-elected Government, but then his Tory-supporting rants in my favourite newspaper are also designed to help bring down a democratically-elected Government aren't they?
He said: "He was so eager to bring down the Thatcher Government to prove he was as big a boy as the miners of '74 when they brought Heath down and as big as the local authority workers when they brought Callaghan down.
Now bring them down, bring down everything you've wanted,
So there's no reason to doubt that Islamist zealots will try again, sooner or later, to bring down more landmark towers in U.