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!
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We have shaken off that essentially colonial complex that others have done us down, are doing us down and will always do us down and that there is nothing we can do about it except whinge.