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send down

1. To cause, compel, instruct, or direct someone or something to travel to some lower location or level. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "down." The team at reception was having trouble with the internet, so I sent down someone from the IT department to help them. We started sending our tools down from the roof once we were finished repairing the tiles.
2. To cause, compel, instruct, or direct someone or something to travel to some other place or location, whether or not it is physically lower than the origin. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "down." The FBI is sending down a team to investigate the disturbance. Hi Sarah, could you please send Tom down to my office for his annual review?
3. To be suspended or expelled from one's university. Often used in passive constructions. Primarily heard in UK. The university sent down the two students who had participated in the prank. I worked so hard to get into Cambridge that I never did drugs, drank in the dorms, or participated in anything that could result in my being sent down.
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send someone or something down

to dispatch someone or something to some place on a lower level. They wanted someone downstairs to help with the moving, so I sent John down. I sent down John to help.
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send down

Suspend or dismiss from a university, principally a British one. For example, He's done very poorly ever since he was sent down from Oxford. [Mid-1800s]
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send down

v. Chiefly British
To suspend or dismiss someone from a university: The university sent the students down for stealing supplies. They sent down two of the students for cheating.
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Brit writer and director Steven Knight wants to send us down a rabbit warren of intrigue and murder, but instead we're washed down a ridiculous metaphysical plughole.
"It is important that we hear as many new voices as possible as we look towards what Scotland's future will be as the Westminster establishment continue to send us down a road to ruin."
"Phishing usually involves e-mails that send us down the wrong path with the ultimate goal of stealing our personal information.
It's ironic that Chelsea could send us down on Monday all these years later and it's so frustrating.
"It (the Burnley game) is not going to keep us up or send us down because there are still two games after that.
George McCluskey missed a couple of chances and we could have been doing with one of them going in because the longer the game went at 0-0, the more the pressure was building, knowing that conceding one goal would send us down.
We were back in the changing room when we found out they'd won 2–1 at Tottenham to send us down.
We were already on the road to our motel, but I turned off anyway, only to discover it was trying to send us down a dead-end street into the Kennebec River.
You think of all the times during the season when we could have put that right - for just one goal to send us down is devastating.
Darren Fryer, 38, glass cutter, Gateshead: I believe this could send us down. We could be adrift at the bottom.
The laws governing abortion in this country definitely need an overhaul, but not if it is going to send us down this route.
"But I said last week that one defeat wasn't going to send us down and this win isn't going to keep us up.
Barnsley boss Simon Davey said: "That's our first away win since August and just as I said last week when we lost to Preston that it wouldn't send us down, this win won't keep us up.