let the side down

let the side down

  (British & Australian)
to behave in a way that embarrasses or causes problems for a group of people that you are part of The general feeling is that cleaners who ignore the union's ban on overtime are letting the side down.
See also: down, let, side

let the side down

see under let someone down, def. 1.
See also: down, let, side
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Dad sipped a coffee, although he did let the side down by lighting up a fag.
So the Wales player let the side down by urinating where he stood.
And his reputation as a player who would never let the side down earned him six Scotland caps.
He drafted in teenagers James Gibson and Tony Stevenson plus David Winters and Chris Swailes and they did not let the side down.
The super smooth commentator didn't let the side down.
Coach Duncan Fletcher said: "Michael wants to wait until he's 100 per cent - he doesn't want to let the side down again.
It was also great to see Rob Wainwright get a Test match and he didn't let the side down.
EURO betting expert Mark McGuinness narrowly missed out on his first treble of the new year when Maritimo let the side down.
I don't think anyone in our squad will let the side down in this match in front of our fans
There are many ways to cover up a bad hair day, but the Rich Girl singer let the side down in a red tea cosy, white-rimmed sunglasses and hooded top in North London.
The Northern Ireland international let the side down when it mattered - as he has a few times this season.
But the Hollywood star soon let the side down with a crafty feel of his wife's rear end as he posed for pictures.
All very glamorous, you might think, but unfortunately, we let the side down a bit.
A close pal said: ``Paul is a professional and doesn't want to let the side down.
But Northern Ireland and the Republic let the side down.