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live down

To be able to overcome, reduce, or cause others to forget about something shameful or embarrassing. Often used in the negative to mean the opposite. A noun or pronoun can be used between "live" and "down." I don't think I'll ever live down the foolish way I behaved during dinner the other night. I can't believe you got caught because your pants fell down as you ran away. You're never going to live that one down, man.
See also: down, live

live something down

to overcome the shame or embarrassment of something. You'll live it down someday. Wilbur will never be able to live down what happened at the party last night.
See also: down, live

live down

Overcome or reduce the shame of a mistake, misdeed, or the like. It is often put in the negative, as in I'm afraid I'll never live down that tactless remark I made. [Mid-1800s]
See also: down, live

live down

v.
To overcome or reduce some negative feeling about a negative event for which one is known. Used chiefly in the negative: You'll never live down the embarrassment of losing your bathing suit in the pool. I know you're not proud of your past, but you can't live it down by lying about it.
See also: down, live
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The one trying to live down an embarrassing moment as he tried to spy on England training.
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A bad reputation takes a long time to live down, even supposing there's nothing else to tarnish Ireland's name.
But I am not sure he will live down the Great Fridge Scandal.