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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.
See also: cry, 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.
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