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vote someone or something down

to defeat someone or something in an election. The community voted the proposal down. They voted down the proposal.
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vote down

Defeat a candidate or measure, as in The new amendment was voted down by a narrow margin. This idiom was first recorded in 1642.
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vote down

v.
To reject or defeat something by vote: Parliament voted down the amendment. Should we approve this budget plan or vote it down?
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The irony is that it was key US institutional investors like CalPERS and CalSTRS who helped reject this notion and vote down such bald-faced executive greed.
If we vote down the motion, it must leave one of the largest stains on Japan's current constitutional politics.
BART Management today said it was very disappointed that AFSCME union leaders urged its members to vote down a 22% wage package.
We now have a situation at Westminster, whereby Plaid has colluded with opposition parties and Labour do- gooders, to vote down the single most important piece of legislation on terrorism of this current Parliament, against the advice of the police, and all other national security organisations, and probably most of the public.
It can be summed up as vote down secession, or you'll never see your tax money again.
This stance will mean little, however, if six small Caribbean states continue to vote down whale sanctuaries in favor of undermining restrictions on whaling.
Ahmanson has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission for permission to take the buyout offer directly to shareholders in the event they vote down the Washington Mutual proposal.