be down on (someone or something)

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be down on (someone or something)

To have or express negative or overly critical feelings toward someone or something. I don't know why you're so down on Robert, he's such a nice guy to everyone! Don't be so down on this vacation to your grandparents' farm. I know it's not very exotic, but we'll still have a great time!
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*down on someone or something

against someone or something. (*Typically: be ~;get ~.) You've been down on us all lately. I'm down on computers lately. Everyone sure got down on fast food.
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down on

Hostile or negative toward, ill-disposed to. For example, All the reviewers were down on this play, or Ever since he was injured, he's been down on skiing. [Mid-1800s] Also see down on one's luck.
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References in classic literature ?
And worst of all, we had no water to quench our thirst, and for two days the sun beat down on us, and there was no shade.
She was coming down on us with swelling sails, looking delicately tall and exquisitely noble through the mist.
Then the chamber had been low-ceiled; now it ran to the roof, and we ate our dinner beneath a square of fading autumn sky, with I wondered how many ghosts looking down on us from the oaken gallery