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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Brummie wideboy PJ has never lived down his famous fumble with Cockney kebab-bellied ugly duckling Jade Goody.
IN response to Dan O'Neill and Mrs Shirley Commons' comments regarding how Grangetown and the community have changed, I have lived down in Grangetown for 25 years and have never been so ashamed to say where I live.
"He had a remarkable memory," says Josef Asteinza, an architect who lived down the road from Cadmus in Connecticut.
A car stopped and the woman driver said she lived down the road and offered for us to use her phone to send for help.
This tragic incident is something that will never be lived down.