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cry down

1. To deride or mistreat someone or something. If you want to keep your friends, don't cry down to people just because you're rich and famous now.
2. To overshadow or silence someone or something by making more noise than that person or thing. The dictator vowed to cry down the protests.
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cry down

v.
To belittle or disparage someone or something: The rowdy children cried down anyone who attempted to quiet them. The opposition cried us down at every opportunity.
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I passed out and when I came to, Louie had pressed the panic button and cried down the intercom.
My attempt at artily putting six - that's SIX - sets of coloured and clear lights on a less-than-perky plastic pine were routinely cried down with a shoulder shrug followed by a right old jib on my mother which told me, without the use of four letter words, that I'd tried my best but my best obviously wasn't good enough.
He revealed: "Steve cried down the phone at mum and begged her to believe he was innocent.
When officials suggested houses in New Tredegar were just tarted up and villagers were better off moving they were cried down.
Alison Smith, from Charlbury, Oxfordshire, told last night how she cried down the phone after making contact with her sister Catherine Nichols, who she feared was dead.