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grade down

To give someone a low grade or score on something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "grade" and "down." I'll grade down anyone who hands in a sloppy book report. I hope the teacher grades Joey down for talking during my presentation.
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grade someone down (on something)

to give someone a low ranking, rating, or score on some performance. I had to grade you down on your essay because of your spelling. Please don't grade me down for a minor mistake.
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grade down

v.
To give someone a lower rank or score, usually with respect to something evaluated: The teacher graded me down on my English test because of my terrible penmanship. The driving instructor graded down our group because we weren't listening.
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There are limitations to expectations in our "I want it now" world, and a rep should be able to convey this without getting graded down for it.
In many ways, the obstacles students face when they conduct research are the same as they've always been--trouble with topics and search strategies, fear of being graded down for citing mistakes, and believing the librarian doesn't want to be bothered.
Most university professors are even more PC than public school teachers and I told her she would probably be graded down. Fortunately, whatever the teacher's political stance he was fair-minded.
"All night long, I'd give him style points," Axelrod said, adding: "What he would be graded down on is the substance of what he was talking about."
''No longer will the weakest syrup be assigned a higher mark for approaching the perfect purity of 'utter blandness,' or the most intensely flavored syrup get graded down for daring to taste like maple.''
Conservative students claim to have been ridiculed, graded down, subjected to rigged reading lists, and dragooned into their professors' pet causes.
With huge pine and oak trees that had been graded down when the driveway was put in, we felt we could use them for lumber.
Many will wonder whether exam papers were graded down, deliberately.
Professors have publicly ridiculed such students for speaking out in the classroom or have graded down those who argue for ideas such as free-market economics or traditional family values.
"Fabric suppliers that had graded down to chase lower price points are now grading back up--constructions are being upgraded and the general quality of the fabric has been improved.
This is a range of brogues, loafers and boots, which have been graded down from the masculine styles, rather than feminised.