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leave down

1. To allow something to remain in a lowered position. A noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "down." We're leaving the windows down to help clear some of the smoke out of the kitchen. I like the idea of a convertible, but I would never leave the top down because I hate having all that wind blowing around me while I drive.
2. To go without taking someone or something from a lower position, place, or level. A noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "down." I left the kids down in the play room while I went up to have a shower. I think I left my phone down in the kitchen.
3. To cause one to be at a lower financial level than before. A noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "down." The market failure of our latest product left us down by about $2.5 million for the quarter. Another projected dip in the market is expected to leave investors down as much as 4.5 per cent.
4. To allow oneself to become lapsed or complacent in one's caution, vigilance, or preparedness. A noun or pronoun can be used between "leave" and "down." The enemy camp leaves its defenses for one hour each night at 3 AM—that's when we will strike! There will always be people in this business looking to exploit you, so you can never leave your guard down.
See also: down, leave
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave something down

to leave something in a lowered or low position. Leave the window down, please. It's hot in this car. Leave the window down. This house is cold enough as it is.
See also: down, leave
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The bars were down; but no enemy was to he seen or heard, and the horses being all found hard by, it was supposed the bars had been left down through negligence.
To the left down below in the mist, the musketry fire of unseen forces could be heard.
At one end of the oval space which the warriors left down the center of the room stood Al-tan and another warrior whom I immediately recognized as a Galu, and then I saw that there were many Galus present.
He fell on his back, and was sent shooting helplessly from side to side in the dangerous company of a heavy iron bar -- a coal-trimmer's slice probably -- left down there by somebody.
I did not offer to go and fetch up my shovel, which was left down below.
3 Now follow the winding, grassy track to your left down towards Crummock Water.
The Pars were left down and out as Lee Ashcroft was sent off after the interval and Rovers took full advantage with three goals.
Passing through a set of metal gates, we turn left down a steep stony slope to reach a wooden gate and cross the wooden-planked footbridge.
Get all the traffic moving turning right down Leeds Road to the motorway and also the traffic lights at the junction of Stadium Way turning left down St Andrew's Road and possibly the traffic lights at the junction with Wakefield Road.
From there it will move through Chinatown before turning left down Renshaw Street to Lime Street and St George's Plateau.
Neighbourhood Sgt Julie Beattie said: "Thieves normally look for easy opportunities when targeting cars - like a door that has been left unlocked or a window left down. However, even if the car is locked, if valuable items have been left on display a thief will still target the vehicle.
Neighbourhood Inspector Phil Baker said: "Thieves normally look for easy opportunities when targeting cars - like a door that has been left unlocked or a window left down.
Twenty yards on yards on T I swung left down Windermere Avenue and the youths stopped on the corner, in two minds, before tearing on down the hill to recover their ball.
But it was all in vain, and the 40-year-old social care worker from Acocks Green, was left down in the dumps.