bring someone down

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 someone sad or worsen their 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.
6. To cause someone to stop feeling or experiencing the effects of a drug. In this usage, a pronoun is typically used between "bring" and "down." The doctors need to know what Charlie took, so they can figure out the best way to bring him down.
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bring someone down

1. tv. to terminate one’s own or someone else’s drug experience. (Drugs.) It took a lot to bring her down.
2. tv. to depress someone. The news really brought me down.
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Wilkin wouldn't be drawn on who he'd like in the third round draw - to be held this evening - but added: "I'd love to bring someone down here from the Premier League.
Wilkin wouldn't be drawn on who he'd like in the third round draw - to be held tomorrow evening - but added: "I'd love to bring someone down here from the Premier League.
You can never bring someone down too much when they've had a real confidence boost from an experience.
Love indeed can bring out the best in a person, just as selfishness and greed can bring someone down.
There was rarely any danger of him having to fly into a tackle or bring someone down, so abject were Spurs.
There is something very simple yet effective about throwing an egg to bring someone down to Earth.
Bill, there are moments in life when you wish you could bring someone down from Heaven just to spend the day with them, just one more day, one more hour even.
It's shameful the extent people will go to to bring someone down.
The rules of the game are that, if you're the last man and you bring someone down, you go off - simple as that.
It's not easy these days because it seems to be an instant red card if you bring someone down as a goalkeeper,' he said.
In other cases, a parent simply won't be pleased unless they can bring someone down.
O'Leary thought the sending-off of Jonathan Woodgate was "harsh" and added: "He's a good lad, it's not in his character to maliciously bring someone down.
All the while the stooping, snooping and downright nasty Inspector Truscott is determined to bring someone down, for something.
I'm not stupid enough to do bring someone down on purpose when I've already been booked.
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