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live something down

to overcome the shame or embarrassment of something. You'll live it down someday. Wilbur will never be able to live down what happened at the party last night.
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live down something

also live something down
to do well so that others forget something bad you said or did Ken is still trying to live down his comment that most of what's on the Web now is crap. After the way she behaved at the office party, I don't think she'll ever be able to live it down.
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live down

Overcome or reduce the shame of a mistake, misdeed, or the like. It is often put in the negative, as in I'm afraid I'll never live down that tactless remark I made. [Mid-1800s]
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live down

To overcome or reduce some negative feeling about a negative event for which one is known. Used chiefly in the negative: You'll never live down the embarrassment of losing your bathing suit in the pool. I know you're not proud of your past, but you can't live it down by lying about it.
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Those, of course, would be the 1999 San Antonio Spurs, who have been trying ever since to live down insinuations by Lakers coach Phil Jackson and others that their lone NBA title deserves an asterisk because it came in a season chopped nearly in half by a players lockout.
Sadly, for all his greatness on the mound, Roger Clemens has stained his reputation with a cowardly and vicious act that he should never live down.