down with somebody/something!
down with (someone or something)
A phrase used to emphasize one's opposition to someone or something, especially that the offending person or thing be removed or eliminated. It wasn't long before all the students were chanting, "Down with homework!"
someone or something! Do away with someone or something!; I am opposed to someone or something! Down with higher taxes! Down with corporate tax breaks! Down with tyrants!
1. Ill with, as in He's down with the flu. The down here alludes to being felled by illness. Also see come down with.
2. Depose, do away with, as in Down with the king! This imperative dates from the early 1500s.
3. Lower or put something down, as in Down with the mainsail. [Mid-1600s]
4. be or get down with . Be close friends with, as in I'm down with that crowd. [Slang; late 1900s]
down with somebody/something!shouted as a protest against somebody/something: Down with the dictator!
down with something
1. mod. comfortable with something; comfortable. (Usually with get.) Let’s get down with some good music.
2. mod. ill with something; sick in bed with something. I was down with the flu for two weeks.