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dumb down

v. Slang
To simplify something excessively in order to make it suitable for a less educated or less sophisticated audience: The researchers dumbed down the report before releasing it to the public.
See also: down, dumb
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If they dumb down and get good attendances and good entries then perhaps there is a demand for lower-class racing on a Sunday, but the market place will find its own level.
One of the choices they made early on was ``not to dumb down the play.
And the nation's lukewarm reception to that programme should serve as a warning to Mr Dyke - our news is too important to dumb down.
Television, it goes without saying, has been a leader of the race to dumb down, but even this frequently reckless medium managed to plunge to new levels in recent days.
I thought you'd either have to dumb down because they're children, in which case it wouldn't be Mastermind.
want to dumb down the show - and from without - ratings for ``The Lawrence Welk Show'' are polka-ing over Max, who bubbles over in paroxysms of outrageous rage (nerdy factoid alert: ``Lawrence Welk'' didn't go on the air until July 1955; the two shows didn't compete until September '56).
Current government standards dumb down encryption so much that a pedestrian computer hacker could crack the toughest codes allowed in a few hours.
I love this story because an ordinary child is put to the test by an extraordinary event that takes place in his universe, and unlike many children's entertainment properties today, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher refuses to talk down to its young audience or dumb down its beautiful message.
But is that a good enough reason to dumb down further by abandoning our second city?