shout down


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shout someone or something down

to overwhelm someone or something by shouting. Mary was trying to speak, but Sally shouted her down. Ann brought up a very important suggestion, but Bob shouted it down. The lecturer had to shout down the entire audience to be heard.
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shout down

Overwhelm or silence by yelling or jeering, as in The audience went wild and shouted down the speaker. [c. 1920]
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shout down

v.
To overwhelm or silence someone by shouting loudly: The crowd shouted down the speaker. The protestors shouted the candidate down.
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They were out there to shout down the same kinds of people they shout down wherever they go: homosexuals.
Does this administration have the intellectual agility to allow one "faith-based initiative" to provide abortion counseling to rape victims and another to shout down that response as evil?
The new bid to entice young people to choose Tango over all other soft drinks is structured round the message: `Tangoism -- Shout Down Non Drinkers.
Maybe God hears It's private, this serious world, confession and repentance and seeding the earth, but you might want to wear a crucifix around your neck as a lot of people do seem to worship the devil, for real, We can fear each other's dance steps, each man will molest a child, each woman will shout down her child, each teenager will draw a pentagram for suicide each counselor will tell us how, how -.
Four: Don't feel you have to shout down people promoting weird ideas.
Davidson said: "Is it not neofascist to attempt to shout down speakers you disagree with?
After the furore died down, Mr Reid said: "There will always be people who will not be prepared to take part in a dialogue, but who will try to intimidate and shout down.