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spell someone down

to win over someone in a spelling match. Frank spelled everyone else down and won the spelling bee. He spelled down almost everyone.
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spell down

v.
To defeat someone in a spelling bee: My cousin spelled down 15 competitors to reach the finals. I finally spelled last year's champion down.
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When I returned after a brief spell down south, McCoist was still there only this time Paul Gascoigne and Brian Laudrup were his main suppliers.
During his spell Down Under, he reinvented himself as a midfielder and played in his first World Cup finals but nevertheless jumped at the chance to return to his adopted homeland.
In a terrific 10 minutes spell Down scored five unanswered points to take a one point lead.
Elias, the European under23 400m hurdles champion, decided to open his season after a 10-week spell Down Under during which he took the Aussie championships silver medal, in the flat race and stormed home in 47.
Reilly, ex-coach of Castleford, Leeds and Halifax, is ready to return to England after a successful spell Down Under at the end of this season.
In fact I believe even that short spell down there has improved me as a player and I've kept two clean sheets since.
The Huddersfield winger hopes being in the spotlight in Scotland can put him in the shop window after a disappointing spell down south.
But Ferguson was in no mood to leave after returning to Scotland for the sake of his wife and three kids in 2005 after a spell down south at Blackburn Rovers.
Among those "processes" has been the decision to return Strauss to his favoured opening role alongside Marcus Trescothick after a brief spell down the order.
Another plus for the home side was the return to the team of Trevor Giles following his spell Down Under.
Notching up an impressive 106 against Derbyshire yesterday, Wallace attributed his performance to his spell Down Under.
Miller's spell Down Under, where he had stints with Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United, ended just over two years ago so he is still well placed to rate the standard of the Aussie game.
His spell down south at Leicester didn't work out but that was just the wrong job at the wrong time.
Cakacaka, 27, has signed from French club Pia after a spell Down Under and scored one of Fiji's two tries in the World Cup clash against Australia at the Thunderdome in 2000.
But he claimed Berkovic's Parkhead career is not yet dead and buried, especially if he has a successful spell down south.