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downbeat

Glum or pessimistic. Michael used to be a cheery kid, but he been pretty downbeat lately.
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downbeat

mod. cool; easygoing. (Compare this with upbeat.) He is sort of a downbeat character—no stress.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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