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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 noun or 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.
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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. n. something that depresses someone. The news was a terrible bring-down.
2. n. something that brings someone back to reality. I have had one bring-down after another today.
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