shout down


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shout down

To overwhelm or overpower someone or something into silence or submission by shouting or loudly criticizing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shout" and "down." You can try to shout me down all you want, but you'll never silence the content of my message! Everyone in the meeting shouted down his stupid proposal.
See also: down, shout

shout someone or something down

to overwhelm someone or something by shouting. Mary was trying to speak, but Sally shouted her down. Ann brought up a very important suggestion, but Bob shouted it down. The lecturer had to shout down the entire audience to be heard.
See also: down, shout

shout down

Overwhelm or silence by yelling or jeering, as in The audience went wild and shouted down the speaker. [c. 1920]
See also: down, shout

shout down

v.
To overwhelm or silence someone by shouting loudly: The crowd shouted down the speaker. The protestors shouted the candidate down.
See also: down, shout
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Davidson said: "Is it not neofascist to attempt to shout down speakers you disagree with?" The spat came as Holyrood moved closer to taking control of pounds 12billion of the nation's finances when the Scotland Bill cleared the Commons.
In an article published in the New Statesman to mark his commitment to human rights, Sir Elton, called on people to "shout down" the abuse faced by many across the world.
It seems, to my mind at least, that this organisation is simply a mouthpiece for a group that for the most part simply wants any excuse to shout down America.
But what is that Bertie and Tony shout down those ministerial phones when they get through to Stormont?
They shout down anyone who thinks differently to them and totally blank out the dreadful Labour leaders and decisions of the past.
Those Tory supporting individuals who did their best to shout down the obvious, pretended that everything would be rosy in the garden, if only you placed your cross in the Tory box.
The singer called on people to "shout down" the abuse faced by many around the world.
Which seems a bit pointless to me as most kids have tellies in their bedrooms and are hardly likely to shout down: ``Mum, this episode of Footballer's Wives contains references to sex,drugs, nudity and swearing -okay?''
After the furore died down, Mr Reid said: "There will always be people who will not be prepared to take part in a dialogue, but who will try to intimidate and shout down.