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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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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]
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.
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.
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.