do (someone) down

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do (someone) down

1. To humiliate, denigrate, or belittle someone. John is always doing people down as a way of making up for his own poor self esteem.
2. To cheat, swindle, or deceive someone. Primarily heard in UK. The huckster made a living from buying men a few too many rounds of ale, and then doing them down for whatever money they had on them. That jerk did me down, selling me a car that doesn't even work!
See also: down