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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 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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bringdown

1. A cause of sadness or melancholy. Getting dumped by my boyfriend was a real bring-down. Geez, that documentary about the environment was a bringdown, huh?
2. A disappointment. I thought our movie was going to be a great success, but the box office numbers for opening weekend were a real bringdown.

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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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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'While we are out to improve education standards in Kinango, some are busy trying to bring us down. What is even sadder is that some in the teaching profession are being used to undermine us."
The world is not conspiring to bring us down; nor does the West wants our country to fail.
is making desperate and foolish efforts to bring us down by clinging to the 'human rights' racket along with the 'maximum pressure' aimed at destroying our system, it should bear in mind that such an attempt will never work against us but instead push us dynamically to a direction where the U.S.
"We must deal a serious blow to the hostile forces who are mistakenly determined to bring us down with sanctions by advancing the socialist construction to a high level of self-reliance that fits our circumstances and state, based on our own power, technology and resources", Kim was quoted by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.
"We must deal a serious blow to the hostile forces who are mistakenly determined to bring us down with sanctions by advancing the construction of a socialist country to a high level of self-reliance with our own power, technology and resources," Kim was quoted as saying.
"I don't know if their thinking was it was going to bring us down or we would look at them and get emotional before the game.
Our own people somehow bring us down to their level.
But then we throw in a performance like this every now and again that might bring us down to earth a little bit." Last year they couldn't stop Hardik Pandya at Trent Bridge, Mohammad Abbas at Lord's or Trent Boult and Tim Southee in Auckland, and yet 2018 was a largely successful one for the Test side.
'We can't!' said Santa and across the earth was the sound from thousands of red faced, pot bellied Santa Clauses weeping, 'We can't because it's you who have lifted us high, and it's only you who can bring us down!' A tear crept down my cheek as I turned away from the weeping Santas and heard all around, silly songs like, 'Jingle Bells!' which had nothing to do with the birth of the Prince of Peace..!
Pain, sickness, suffering, persecutions, loneliness and deprivations bring us down to our knees, and it is in that position that we really know who we are, and who God is.
Should we just lay back and let them bring us down? How many terrorist acts have taken place killing innocent people.
"Every time we play against the Dragons they seem to bring us down to their level of rugby, which is very average, in my opinion.
"In fact they wish to house at least 1,000 Marines with the latest equipment, which might be effective to bring us down on our knees and their desire to capture our nuclear facility and make us a US colony as they have done in South Korea, Taiwan, Iraq and Afghanistan," the petitioner feared.
"We can't let the success of our opponent bring us down. We just weren't enjoying ourselves.
Then nobody can bring us down," said the daughter of veteran actor Anil Kapoor.