let the side down

let the side down

To fail to conduct oneself in a way that helps or reflects well on one's group; to let down the group. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'm rubbish at football, so I'd rather not play than let the side down.
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let the side down

see under let someone down, def. 1.
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let the side down

BRITISH
If you let the side down, you disappoint people by doing something badly or by doing something which they do not approve of. The workers are the best in the world — it's management who let the side down. You have to play your best at all times — you really don't want to be the one that lets the side down. Note: A side is one of the teams in a game or competition.
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let the side down

fail to meet the expectations of your colleagues or friends, especially by mismanaging something. British
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let the ˈside down

(especially British English) fail to give your friends, family, etc. the help and support they expect, or behave in a way that makes them disappointed: Everyone in the sales team has increased their sales except you. You’re letting the side down badly.
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Dad sipped a coffee, although he did let the side down by lighting up a fag.
So the Wales player let the side down by urinating where he stood.
And his reputation as a player who would never let the side down earned him six Scotland caps.
He drafted in teenagers James Gibson and Tony Stevenson plus David Winters and Chris Swailes and they did not let the side down.
The super smooth commentator didn't let the side down.
Coach Duncan Fletcher said: "Michael wants to wait until he's 100 per cent - he doesn't want to let the side down again.
It was also great to see Rob Wainwright get a Test match and he didn't let the side down.
EURO betting expert Mark McGuinness narrowly missed out on his first treble of the new year when Maritimo let the side down.
I don't think anyone in our squad will let the side down in this match in front of our fans
There are many ways to cover up a bad hair day, but the Rich Girl singer let the side down in a red tea cosy, white-rimmed sunglasses and hooded top in North London.
The Northern Ireland international let the side down when it mattered - as he has a few times this season.
But the Hollywood star soon let the side down with a crafty feel of his wife's rear end as he posed for pictures.
All very glamorous, you might think, but unfortunately, we let the side down a bit.
A close pal said: ``Paul is a professional and doesn't want to let the side down.
But Northern Ireland and the Republic let the side down.