take down

(redirected from takes us down)

take down

1. verb To move someone or something down from a higher position to a lower one. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "down." Take your sister down from the table this instant! He took down the bottle and poured a glass for everyone at the table.
2. verb To dismantle or disassemble a large object or structure. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "down." After the concert, we'll need everyone on hand to help take down the set. They're taking the statue down today.
3. verb To ruin, sabotage, or destroy someone or something or their chances for success. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "down." 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.
4. noun An attempt to ruin, sabotage, or destroy someone or something or their chances for success. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. The ad campaign was intended to be a take-down of the tobacco industry.
5. noun A highly negative critique of someone or something that is particularly thorough and effective. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. The late night host's take-down of the candidate's debate performance was more thorough than some of the serious political shows.
See also: down, take

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.
See also: down, take

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.
See also: down, take

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]
See also: down, take

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.
See also: down, take
References in periodicals archive ?
All Whites on the night Ina Shaw MBE takes us down memory lane with this photo of a Beechwood All Whites awards night in 1971.
We join the tarmac lane leading down to the public road where a right turn takes us down Lodge Lane to return to our starting point at the Duke of Wellington Inn.
A rickety tractor ride takes us down to meet the River Cottage team, a group of food writers, experts and teachers, led by Hugh, who have put together a grand new book, River Cottage A To Z, an opus containing more than 350 recipes, dedicated to their favourite ingredients.
Breaking Wind: Flatology and How Scientists Study Farts California Academy of Sciences - California Academy of Sciences Called "America's funniest science writer" by the Washington Post, author Mary Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of our insides.
The Patna lad takes us down food street in the Bihar
After 10 years of war, the American people need a foreign policy that focuses on diplomacy, but AIPAC takes us down the dangerous path of war with Iran," Occupy AIPAC organizer Medea Benjamin said.
The satnav is rarely used anymore because it takes us down lanes that are far too narrow for our caravan which leaves it to me to navigate "him indoors" around the tiny lanes of North Devon.
Maybe I am too old school, but I think it takes us down a little as professionals.
Our work currently takes us down to London on average twice a week and this year has also involved trips to the US and Germany - which, of course, go down well with my wife.
Bracken's latest page-turner takes us down dark paths.
As Carter takes us down his own personal memory lane, he speaks of his thorny relationship with former Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin.
ANTHONY HAMILTON takes us down South and beyond on his new recording, Ain't Nobody Worryin' (SoSo Def/Zomba), and it is a soulful, enlightening and entertaining ride.
But before gloom takes us down, Shelnutt points out some bright spots: growth in personal income by 3.
But England hooker Thompson insisted: "I won't be remembered as the captain who takes us down.