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1. To eat or drink something very quickly or hastily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "down." It was pretty gross watching him gulp down such a big plate of food like that. I had to gulp down my coffee to get to the bus stop on time.
2. To restrain or repress some emotion or emotional reaction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "down." I tried to gulp down my urge to cry as my big brother got on the train for college. I've spent so long gulping my frustration down in this job that I feel like I'm going to explode!
3. To be forced to accept or deal with something unpleasant. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "down." As fans of the team, we've been gulping disappointment down for decades, so to see them finally make it to the championship game is almost surreal. The employees gulped down the news about the company's fate with somber faces.
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gulp something down
to drink all of something, usually quickly. He gulped his coffee down and left. He gulped down his coffee.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.