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have a downer on (one)

To dislike one. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. If the boss has a downer on you, I doubt you'll get a good performance review.
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put a downer on (something)

To inhibit something or make it less pleasant or enjoyable; to have a subduing or deadening effect on something. The foul weather really put a downer on our picnic yesterday. Without question, this tax scandal has put a downer on the senator's likelihood of being re-elected. The construction happening near our building has really put a downer on sales this month.
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1. A bad or depressing thing or situation. Geez, that movie was a real downer. Sorry, I'm being so quiet—this day was just a downer.
2. An unpleasant experience induced by drugs. No, I don't take that stuff anymore—I had a downer last time.
3. A drug that acts as a sedative or a depressant. I guess those drugs were downers because they didn't give me the pick-me-up I'd hoped for.

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have a downer on someone/something

If you have a down on someone or something or you have a downer on them, you do not like them or you disapprove of them. Snobs would have a down on a man with a south London accent. For some reason Jackie has always had a downer on me.
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put a downer on something

If something or someone puts a downer on an event, they make it less enjoyable. The argument put a downer on our school holiday break.
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and down and downie
1. n. a barbiturate or a tranquilizer. (Drugs.) Too much booze with those downers, and you’re dead.
2. n. a bad drug experience; a down trip. (Drugs.) That stuff you gave me was a real downer.
3. n. a depressing event; a bad situation; a down trip. These cloudy days are always downers.
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Downer was certainly aware of Article 120, which rendered null any purported "reservations" by a ratifying state.
Downer said he will not run for another term as speaker, and is trying to determine the best way to limit future speakers.
videos and Shi-Anne, also known as Keegan, was taken from experienced foster mum Jane Murray at the age of 10 months and handed to Downer, who had sought a guardianship order - a halfway house between long-term fostering and adoption.
Downer was in New York between March 19 and 20 for his farewell visit to UN headquarters.
Downer refused to speculate on what action Australia would take if Bainimarama refused to step down, saying the report will be discussed when foreign ministers of the Pacific Islands Forum states meet in two to three weeks' time.
However, on March 21 after being refused entry, Downer broke in and began shouting and threatening to kill her.
Downer thought Bryant's number would be retired by now.
Following his trip to Japan, Downer will visit South Korea from May 29 to 31.
The Spotless Directors had previously recommended that shareholders reject the Downer Offer for the reasons outlined in Spotless' Target's Statement dated 27 April 2017 (as supplemented by the Supplementary Target's Statement dated 23 May 2017) which reflected their strong belief that as an independent listed company, Spotless could deliver greater value over the medium term as management continued to execute its strategy reset.
Downer was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court last week and will serve at least 18 years.
Downer is expected to fully step down by mid-April, after announcing his resignation on February 11, the day the talks began.
Commenting on the meeting of President Dervis Eroglu of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias, Special Adviser Alexander Downer said it was very rarely seen in solution negotiations that the parties reached an agreement immediately.
Downer EDI share price jumped more than five per cent after the engineering firm said it secured contracts worth $2 billion.
The popular Thai holiday island of Phuket is at high risk of a terrorist attack according to information obtained by Australia, said Foreign Minister Alexander Downer yesterday.