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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.
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.
let the side down fail to meet the expectations of your colleagues or friends, especially by mismanaging something. British
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.
References in periodicals archive
October 2002 At the Vogue Fashion Awards, Pink lets the side down
with a hairdo that makes her look more slap-head than style queen (the shiny forehead is a beauty boo-boo too).
Graham Norton: Looking like a member of '70s rock sensation, Smokie, Graham lets the side down
in a waistcoat of such hideousness we can only hope he's wearing it as a joke.
He rarely lets the side down
, whether for club or country.