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mow down

1. To trim something, usually grass or other such growth. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mow" and "down." Our yard is looking so unkempt because I haven't had time to mow down the grass in weeks. You need to mow down those sideburns, bud!
2. To knock someone or something down with great force. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mow" and "down." Their biggest defenseman mowed down our star center. The neighbor kid drives so fast down the street that I'm worried he's going to mow the kids down.
3. To harm or incapacitate a large group. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mow" and "down." A weapon like that could mow down thousands of enemy soldiers.
4. To overpower someone or something or render them ineffective. A noun or pronoun can be used between "mow" and "down." Their potent offense totally mowed down our defense.
See also: down, mow

mow someone or something down

to cut, knock, or shoot someone or something down. The speeding car almost mowed us down. The car mowed down the pedestrian.
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mow down

1. Destroy in great numbers, especially in battle, as in The machine gun mowed them down as they advanced. [Late 1500s]
2. Overwhelm, as in He mowed down the opposition with his arguments. This usage, like the first, alludes to mowing, the cutting of grass with a scythe or other implement.
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mow down

v.
1. To trim back or cut down something that grows from the ground: Unfortunately, you didn't just cut the grass—you mowed down all the potato plants. We mowed the brush down with scythes.
2. To destroy or incapacitate someone or something as if by cutting or driving into the ground: The machine gunners mowed down hundreds of enemy troops within the first ten minutes of fighting. I tried to tackle the runner, but he just mowed me down. The gang drove by with machine guns and mowed the informant down in front of his house.
3. To overwhelm someone or something: The experienced debater mowed down the opposition with persuasive arguments.
See also: down, mow
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My favourites are those who watch for the lights to change to red - and then launch themselves across the road, whether there is a bus about to mow them down or not.
JOINT commissioner of police ( traffic) Satyendra Garg and deputy commissioner of police ( south) Prem Nath had a narrow escape when a rogue truck driver allegedly tried to mow them down in the Capital on Tuesday night.
"All of a sudden there was loads of gunfire and this giant dressed as a copper was about to mow them down.
She would bring you her grain bucket on command, throw a shoulder into electric fences and calmly mow them down, take turns chasing and being chased by the colts, come from a long ways off to the call of "carrots," and completely charm and manipulate any human being in her realm.
If he doesn't suffer any interference when in full flight, Bread Knife can mow them down up for home straight.
To have a show where real, live gardai race after the bad guys and mow them down in a hail of bullets, er...
I think a far greater threat toMarsden's sheep are the careless motorists that all too often mow them down as a result of driving recklessly on the A62.
Terrified diners thought he was trying to mow them down when he twice rammed the glass.
Other times they excavate them, burn them, drown them, mow them down, attack them with natural predators, or shower them with herbicides.
It's safe to mow them down, but then don't put the grass on your compost heap.