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spell down

To be victorious over someone in a spelling competition (known as a "spelling bee" or "spelldown"). A noun or pronoun can be used between "spell" and "down." A first time contestant, she managed to spell down all 29 other competitors to win the city's 22nd annual spelling bee. He spelled Sarah Thompson with his correct spelling of the word "antidisestablishmentarianism."
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spell someone down

to win over someone in a spelling match. Frank spelled everyone else down and won the spelling bee. He spelled down almost everyone.
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spell down

v.
To defeat someone in a spelling bee: My cousin spelled down 15 competitors to reach the finals. I finally spelled last year's champion down.
See also: down, spell
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MacKenzie had spells down south at MK Dons, Blackpool and Doncaster but struggled at times for a sustained period of peak fitness.
His early managerial career included the First Division title at Hibs and treble glory with Rangers and after spells down south and abroad he's out of work and hoping for the call.
It shapes the enclosure of the towers that spells down and out to generate the podium skin creating a sophisticated veil that wraps the entire structure of the towers.
With Baines already deputised by Bryan Oviedo, the plan was then to send Garbutt out on another loan - after spells down the leagues with Cheltenham Town and Colchester United earlier in his career - to gain much-needed experience.
The Butts Park men had two ten minute spells down to 14 men, Mark Kohler and Tom Poole both having second-half time on the sidelines.
There was no drop off in intensity in the second half and a spell on the front foot allowed Ponty, who had two spells down to 14 men, to stretch their lead through two more Gunter penalties.
The 66-times capped utility man moved to Ibrox on loan in January, after spells down south at Derby, Blackburn, West Ham and Southampton on loan.
Trial spells down south were on offer but a one-year deal with Livi gave the keeper the immediate security he wanted.
"He has a wealth of experience having come through at Killie and gone to Ibrox, plus his spells down South and abroad, as well as with SCOTLAND.
THERE were spells down the left when we were outstanding and made Chelsea look very ordinary despite the defeat.
"I'm also the little guy in the family at six foot two - Neil is six foot five and so is my dad!" Having made his choice, Randolph moved to Charlton as an 18-year-old and fought through four loan spells down the divisions to prove his worth.
The 31-year-old ex-Hearts and Scotland star is loving life back north of the border having recently signed a short-term deal with Dundee United following spells down south with Leicester and Brentford.
And he revealed how gaffer Jim Chapman's vision for the club convinced him to sign on after spells down south with Everton, Norwich and Crewe.
Esson, who arrived at the club after spells down south at Shrewsbury and Hereford, said: "Michael has done well since he broke into the team so it's up to me to give the manager a tough decision to make.
Lynch became an instant hit with the Dundee fans after arriving at Dens Park following spells down south at Preston North End and Stockport.