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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 the/(one's) lawn

1. Literally, to cut the grass in one's lawn or yard using a mower. I need to go mow the lawn before it starts to rain.
2. slang To comb one's hair. Go mow your lawn before church.
3. slang To smoke marijuana. Just tell your parents you're going to mow the lawn with us—they won't know what you mean.
See also: lawn, mow

mow, blow, and go

Of or relating to a quick, cheap, rudimentary lawn care service in which one cuts the grass, blows the clippings away with a leaf-blower, and then departs. Typically put in quotation marks or hyphenated and used as a modifier before a noun. We are not some mow, blow, and go company—we pride ourselves on detail-oriented, high-quality lawn services. I worked on a mow-blow-and-go crew for the summer. The money wasn't great, but it was all in cash so I didn't have to pay any taxes on it. By the time I took over the company, it had been tarnished with a "mow, blow, and go" reputation thanks to the crummy practices of the previous owner.
See also: and, go

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

mow, blow, and go

n. the lawn service that quickly mows the grass, blows the pavements clean, and leaves. Now you see them and now you don’t. It’s mow, blow, and go time.
See also: and, go

mow the lawn

and mow one’s lawn
tv. to comb one’s hair. I’ll be with you as soon as I mow the lawn. Don’t you think you better mow your lawn?
See also: lawn, mow

mow one’s lawn

verb
See also: lawn, mow
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Uniform start-up and completion dates statewide, rural roadways mowed between one and three times per year when grass reaches 12-in.
Follow-up foliar herbicide spray in fall one year after cutting, guardrail sections sprayed yearly to suppress or eliminate vegetation in front of rails, and all mowed turf areas sprayed for weeds every other year, primarily in the spring.
Retain current mowing width standards in rural areas, mow one to two times per year as needed.
Today, Tarrant County MOW provides pet food to more than 250 pets (61 percent of which are dogs) of homebound seniors enrolled in the MOW program.
A survey conducted in April 2006 by Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) found that only a smattering of their member organizations had pet food programs in place, though most MOW organizations polled expressed a desire to begin a program.
The Tarrant County MOW pet food program, which started as a pilot program nearly five years ago, provides pet food to more than 250 pets, 39 percent of them cats, that belong to homebound individuals enrolled in the MOW program.
The study also found, however, that most of the remaining MOW organizations polled expressed a desire to begin a program.
After work, throughout that summer and fall, I mowed a bit of grass or tackled brush in the overgrown fields.
Use it to clear the edges of fields, mow along stonewalls, under and around fences, and on steep or wet ground impossible for heavy machinery.