let (one) down

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let (one) down

To fail or disappoint one; to neglect or be unable to do what was wanted, required, or promised. Dad said he'd be here to watch my baseball game, but he let me down again. I'm counting on you to close this deal, Robert—don't let me down. Jenny always felt pressure not to let down her parents in her studies.
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let someone or something down

Fig. to fail someone or something; to disappoint someone or a group. Please don't let me down. I am depending on you. I let down the entire cast of the play.
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let someone down

to disappoint someone; to fail someone. I'm sorry I let you down. Something came up, and I couldn't meet you. I don't want to let you down, but I can't support you in the election.
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let down

to relax one's efforts or vigilance. Now is no time to let down. Keep on your guard. After the contest was over, Jane let down a bit so she could relax.
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let down

1. Cause to descend, lower, as in They let down the sails. [Mid-1100s]
2. Also, let up. Slacken, abate, as in Sales are letting down in this quarter, or They didn't let up in their efforts until the end. The first term dates from the mid-1800s, the variant from the late 1700s.
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let someone down

1. Fail to support someone; also, disappoint someone. For example, I was counting on John to come, but he let me down, or The team didn't want to let down the coach. [Late 1400s] A British phrase with the same meaning is let the side down, alluding to some kind of competition (sports, politics) and dating from the mid-1900s. It is occasionally used in America.
2. let someone down easy. Convey bad or disappointing news in a considerate way, so as to spare the person's self-respect. For example, The teacher knew that Paul would have to repeat the course and that there was no way to let him down easy . [Colloquial; mid-1700s] Also see let down.
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let down

v.
1. To cause to fall to a lower level; lower something: The tailor let down the hem of my new pants. If you let your hair down, I can braid it. It's time to let down the sails.
2. To fail to meet the expectations of someone; disappoint someone: The contractor really let us down when the kitchen wasn't ready in time for Thanksgiving. When the school board had to cancel the sports program, they really let down the community.
3. To hinder the success or progress of someone or something: It would have been a good book, but the slow pacing lets it down a bit.
4. To be released from the breast as breast milk: She tried to breastfeed her newborn infant, but her milk wouldn't let down.
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References in classic literature ?
He answered, Nero could touch and tune the harp well; but in government, sometimes he used to wind the pins too high, sometimes to let them down too low.
The three travelers approached the orifice of the enormous cast-iron tube, and a crane let them down to the conical top of the projectile.
Summary: Melbourne [Australia], Aug 3 (ANI): Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels that it is team's batting performance during the first Ashes Test which has let them down so far.
GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has urged people of the state to be hopeful of better things in 2018, promising that his administration would not let them down.
"We have let them down massively, but we will try our best to put on a show on Monday.
Tom Roberts and Carlos Roca both had golden opportunities but hesitancy let them down.
I feel I've let them down. I've apologised to them and I apologise to the fans as well."
"They serve as a shocking illustration of the consequences for our patients if we let them down. In Mid Staffordshire, hundreds of patients who came into hospital were severely let down.
Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington on Thursday, said: Given the indigenous, non-violent and peaceful nature of the movement initiated by the people of Kashmir, in particular since June 2008 and thankfully sustaining that until today, I say with fullest possible consciousness that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have no reason to fear that the world powers, in general, and the United States, in particular, will let them down. It has been my lifelong commitment to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, irrespective of their religious background and cultural affiliations, to help achieve the right to self-determination to decide their future, he maintained.
Johnson, in charge following the shock defection of Mike Ruddock earlier this month, had no gripes about Wales' commitment but felt their skill levels let them down.
England may not play two spinners out there unless they're adamant it will turn but, if anything happens to Graeme Swann, Monty would not let them down," Robinson said.
"People will be disappointed and feel that we let them down, but they shouldn't feel that we let them down because we tried out best and we just didn't quite have the excellent quality to finish the fine moves that we had in the first half.
"If I do let them down, then I'm not the one that'll be getting the grief, it'll be them - whether it's at the shops or the barbers or out on the street.
"Mel was representing a charity and therefore didn't want to let them down. We were grateful he went ahead with the recording despite not being at his best."