put-down

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put-down

A mocking, insulting, and disparaging comment or remark. Enough with the put-downs, Tommy—if you don't have anything nice to say about your brother's performance, don't say anything at all. All the little put-downs my boss makes have worn my self-confidence away to nothing.

put-down

n. an insult; an intentionally cruel and deflating insult. Another put-down like that and I’m going home.
References in classic literature ?
"Put down pugilism - if I have to wear it night and day," said the Moral Sentiment of the Community, sternly.
`They can't have anything to put down yet, before the trial's begun.'
Perhaps both were trying to put down in paint ideas which were more suitable to literature.
Miss Clack is painfully conscious that she ought (in the worldly phrase) to feel herself put down. But, no--Miss C.
But I don't know what's come over me--I actually had to ask Augustus the name of the lady Hamlet was in love with, as you were out, Katharine, and Heaven knows what he mayn't put down about me in his diary."
Here day by day Nicolete fed her young soul on the nightingale's-tongues of literature, and put down her book only to listen to the nightingale's- tongues outside.
A poem of the satirical kind cannot indeed be put down to any author earlier than Homer; though many such writers probably there were.
Making his way to an empty little table in a corner of the room behind the stove, he put down his knapsack and his cloak upon the ground.
So, Britannia mentions to a legal gentleman of her acquaintance that if Veneering will 'put down' five thousand pounds, he may write a couple of initial letters after his name at the extremely cheap rate of two thousand five hundred per letter.
Very poor stuff it was, but it served to make time pass; and every now and then Sally arrived in the middle with a smoking tin of potatoes, which was cleared off in a few seconds, each boy as he seized his lot running off to the house with "Put me down two-penn'orth, Sally;" "Put down three-penn'orth between me and Davis," etc.
I didn't make any." He drank his tea all at once and put down the cup.
When we were nearly at the spot the pony put down his head and threw up his heels, and sent the boy neatly over into a broad quickset hedge, and with the rein dangling from his head he set off home at a full gallop.
Not having a veil to put down over my own face, I stooped and picked up the newspaper.
I put down the mouthful that hesitated upon my lips, and listened.
"So you are not afraid to play with me?" repeated Dolokhov, and as if about to tell a good story he put down the cards, leaned back in his chair, and began deliberately with a smile: