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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.
See also: down, let, side
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: down, let, side
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

let the side down

fail to meet the expectations of your colleagues or friends, especially by mismanaging something. British
See also: down, let, side
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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.
See also: down, let, side
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