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bring down

1. Literally, to bring something from a high or elevated position to a lower point. If you're going upstairs, can you bring down another dish towel for me? They won't bring down the volume when I ask nicely, so I'm calling the cops!
2. To make one sad or in a worse mood. In this usage, a pronoun is typically used between "bring" and "down." I don't feel like going out tonight—learning that I didn't get the job really brought me down.
3. To cause the failure or defeat of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can used between "bring" and "down." The stock market crash really brought down my small business. When people stopped having a disposable income, they were reluctant to buy my cute crafts. The rebels are determined to bring down the government. Embezzlement charges were enough to bring down the corrupt CEO.
4. To decrease the cost or expense of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can used between "bring" and "down." I won't buy the house unless they bring down the price—I don't want my mortgage payment to be quite that high.
5. To cause an object or structure to collapse or fall apart. They think that a compromised foundation is what ultimately brought down the old house. Three people sitting on the chair at the same time brought it down in pieces.
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bring someone down

 
1. Lit. to assist or accompany someone from a higher place to a lower place. Please bring your friends down so I can meet them. She brought down her cousin, who had been taking a nap upstairs. Aunt Mattie was brought down for supper.
2. Fig. to bring someone to a place for a visit. Let's bring Tom and Terri down for a visit this weekend. We brought down Tom just last month. They were brought down at our expense for a weekend visit.
3. Fig. to restore someone to a normal mood or attitude. (After a period of elation or, perhaps, drug use.) The bad news brought me down quickly. I was afraid that the sudden change of plans would bring down the entire group.
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bring something down

 
1. Lit. to move something from a higher place to a lower place. Bring that box down, please. And while you're up there, please bring down the box marked "winter clothing."
2. to lower something, such as prices, profits, taxes, etc. The governor pledged to bring taxes down. I hope they bring down taxes.
3. Fig. to defeat or overcome something, such as an enemy, a government, etc. The events of the last week will probably bring the government down. The scandal will bring down the government, I hope.
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bring down

1. Cause to fall, collapse, or die. For example, The pilot won a medal for bringing down enemy aircraft, or The bill's defeat was sure to bring down the party. [c. 1300]
2. Cause a punishment or judgment, as in The bomb threats brought down the public's wrath on the terrorists [Mid-1600s]
3. Reduce, lower, as in I won't buy it till they bring down the price, or He refused to bring himself down to their level. This usage may be literal, as in the first example, or figurative, as in the second. [First half of 1500s]
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bring down

v.
1. To move something or someone from a higher to a lower position: He brought down the plates from the top shelf. She brought the trunk down from the attic.
2. To cause something to fall or collapse: The explosives went off and brought down the old building. That tower is so strong that no wind could bring it down.
3. To reduce the amount or level of something: I opened the window to bring down the temperature in my room. Can you bring the volume of the stereo down a bit?
4. To remove a ruler or government from a position of power: The rebels intend to bring down the government. A strong opposition to the leaders could bring them down. The president was brought down by the scandal.
5. Slang To depress or discourage someone: The argument I had with my friends really brought me down.
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References in classic literature ?
that disease should thus bring him down, all at once
Summary: Police convince him and bring him down from terrace in Al Nahda area
We will bring him down in the early rounds of the fight.
However, the rescue workers managed to bring him down safely.
The fire service attended and used a long ladder to go up to the boy and bring him down safely from the tree.
His narrator, Craig, falls into a suicidal depression as the stress of a demanding high school and an inadequate social life bring him down, and Craig experiences a brief stay in such a hospital.
He's been a headache to the defense inside the 20-yard-line and often required several defenders to bring him down.
The gang, lead by Shark, an articulate and very talkative bully, at first tries to bring Murray down by climbing the tree, and when this fails, they try to bring him down with stones.
Finley's grandfather, Gordon McGowan, of Edinburgh, reckons Paula - lover of suicide rocker Michael Hutchence - will bring him down.
And the way that you bring him down is you take him as a candidate, you don't deal with the issue as an issue.
It follows Mariel boat lift refugee Tony Montana as his brains and guts raise him to the head of a drug cartel, and then as his vices ultimately bring him down.
The runaway pet reptile, hiding at the top of a 50ft tree, defied attempts by the fire brigade and RSPCA to bring him down.
O'Conner and old friend Roman Pearce (Gibson) have to transmit a shipment of dirty money for a disreputable import/export dealer while working undercover to bring him down.
James's well-publicized problems with drugs and the law would soon bring him down from the mountaintop.
We didn't bring him down last year because we thought he was too young, so he's making up for it.