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copy down

To write something exactly as it is said or written in another place or source. A noun or pronoun can be used between "copy" and "down" or after "down." Did you copy down the instructions the boss gave for this project? Be sure to copy your homework down—it's written on the blackboard.
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copy something down (from someone or something)

to copy onto paper what someone says; to copy onto paper what one reads. Please copy this down from Tony. Ted copied down the directions from the invitation. Jane copied the recipe down from the cookbook.
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copy down

v.
To write something exactly as it is said or written somewhere else; transcribe something: I'll be out tomorrow, so please copy down what the teacher says. Copy the instructions down so you don't forget them.
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References in classic literature ?
But I remember that it was exceedingly sentimental and exceedingly ill-spelled--for Cecily mercilessly copied down poor Cyrus' mistakes.
I copied down the names of the swimmers as they appeared on the scoreboard: Espindola, Ye, Laux, Smith, Miller, Ramakrishinan, Wisa, Dalaviras.
His estate and his collections of books, coins, medals, and curious objects (even a small crocodile skin) were dispersed after his death, but he had copied down on sheets of paper his letters, reading notes, memoranda, jottings of conversations, orders and receipts for goods (119 volumes of manuscripts, some 77,000 pieces of paper), which were bound up and are mostly preserved in the Biblioteque Inguimbertine of Carpentras, as well as in the log of his letter book that is now in the Paris Biblioteque Nationale.
As best as I could tell, some of the words had been copied down by historians and were being spoken randomly, out of context during the dockside dance.
Robert Noyce, the inventor of the silicon chip, once stated, "If ethics are poor at the top, that behavior is copied down through the organization.
Brought in a jam jar, and, via some alchemy involving a tube of dampened blotting paper and an elastic band, possibly, set the bean in place to germinate - which brand new word we copied down from the blackboard very carefully indeed.
Over time the Chinese look remained, but the Batangas mesa altar developed into a distinct prototype whose style was copied down south to Bicol, Mindoro, and even as far as Cebu.
Phone numbers allegedly copied down by Battleground volunteers sparked the accusations in the first place.
One toy typewriter we make was copied down to the last dot and comma.
After obtaining permission from the institutional ethics committee, the hospital records from the period of 2008-2010 were accessed and the required information was copied down in the Performa.
Ward had copied down his card details before using it to book flights for other customers.
He carried around a notebook in which he copied down every instance of innocent suffering that he heard of .
The formulas in row 9 are designed to be copied down for each period.
Watson copied down all Franklin's data before returning to Cambridge and sharing the stolen information with Crick.