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take (someone or something) down

1. To move someone or something down from a higher position to a lower one. Take your sister down from the table this instant! He took the bottle down and poured a glass for everyone at the table.
2. To dismantle or disassemble a large object or structure. After the concert, we'll need everyone on hand to help take down the set.
3. To ruin, sabotage, or destroy someone's or something's chances for success. A number of organizations have been trying to take the senator down for his ties to the gun lobby. The advertisement was supposed to take down the company's competitors, but it backfired and ended up hurting their own sales.
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take someone or something down

to move someone or something to a lower position or level. The boss is downstairs and wants to meet our visitor. Will you take her down? The way down to the lobby is confusing. Let me take down our visitor. Let me take the sandwiches down.
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take something down

 
1. to take some large or complicated things apart. They plan to take all these buildings down and turn the land into a park. Do they plan to take down the television broadcasting tower?
2. to write something down in something. Please take these figures down in your notebook. Take down these figures in your record of this meeting.
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take down

1. Bring from a higher position to a lower one, as in After the sale they took down all the signs. [c. 1300]
2. Take apart, dismantle, as in They took down the scaffolding. [Mid-1500s]
3. Humble or humiliate; see take down a notch.
4. Record in writing, as in Please take down all these price quotations. [Early 1700s]
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take down

v.
1. To bring something to a lower position from a higher one: Take the book down from the shelf. The store took down all the signs after the sale ended.
2. To dismantle something that is standing: In the morning, we took down the tents and put them in our backpacks. The workers took the Halloween display down and put up one for Thanksgiving.
3. To lower someone's arrogance or self-esteem: The opposing team really took him down during the final game. They were so good that they took down each member of our debate team.
4. To write something one has heard or observed: I took down every word they said so I could review the conversation later. The stenographer took the speech down and transcribed it.
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References in classic literature ?
The cast was made in Newgate, directly after he was taken down.
I must warn you that your words will be taken down, and may be used against you.
You are at liberty, sir, to give your account, which I again warn you will be taken down.
I can vouch for the accuracy of the subjoined account, for I have had access to Lestrade's note-book, in which the prisoner's words were taken down exactly as they were uttered.
While he was thinking what to do, he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages, and was making the best of her way off through the door.
All the doors were open, all the furniture was being carried out or moved about, and the mirrors and pictures had been taken down.
He pressed the call-button, and, when his room-steward answered, turned Michael over to him to be taken down below and tied up in the crowded cubby-hole.
Instead, down in the basement of the New Washington Hotel, where electric lights burned always, under the care of the baggage porter, he was tied securely by the neck in the midst of Alpine ranges of trunks which were for ever being heaped up, sought over, taken down, carried away, or added to.
You can answer, and you can speak, and I will marry you; but do you know that every word which we are saying and have said has been taken down and will be in the paper to-morrow?
Ah, Master Cheever has taken down that terrible birch rod
Summary: New Delhi [India], Feb 16 (ANI): Viral sensation Priya Prakash Varrier has taken down Sunny Leone to become Google's most searched actress.
The fact that they are now engaging in machine learning to get this hate taken down is an incredibly important investment and breakthrough to ensure that more is taken down.
PEMRA has taken down transmission of television channels following clashes between protesters of a religious party and security forces in Islamabad and Karachi.
The miserable looking fir in Banbridge, Co Down, has already been taken down after complaints from locals.
It was in fact the player's agent who tweeted a photo of the forward signing a contract at the John Smith's Stadium, before it was quickly taken down.