take down

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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.
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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 ?
He took us down to see his chickens, and his cow that was grazing on the hillside.
He took us down in a car his uncle has just given him--a sixty horse-power Panhard.
He then took us down between decks; and there, any lingering fears I had of his having heard any rumours of what had happened, were dispelled by Mr.
Warne said: "It's a monkey off the back, I am in charge of this team, I am the one who took us down, so I want to finish the season on a high.
An exchange of rational and friendly views took us down the fruit and veg isle and past the frozen foods before an agreement to agree to disagree was reached with the wines and spirits lane in sight.
A guy took us down stairs, and before I knew it, we were going past the situation room.
When you had your babies they wouldn't leave them in the cot, they took us down to shelters underneath and wrapped us up in blankets.
Next we headed into an elevator that took us down into the Zappos operations center.
We trained for weeks before they took us down south from Wrexham.
Sharing this knowledge system-wide with clinicians and management, and imbedding this knowledge back into operational systems, took us down a path of real and documented cost, quality and access improvement.
They took us down railway Lines, through the woods, down rivers and lakes, taught us how to make and break camp and not least of all, opened us to the power of ghost stories and legends to haunt our imaginations.
However, the icing on the yummy cupcake that was the concert was the mega-hit that took us down memory lane, Photograph.
The photographer took us down to the stadium the day before to take photos on the pitch.
Ireland took us down and the Netherlands took us down as well," Broad said.
My playing partner, Ian Westwood, and I were on a seven-game unbeaten streak until the Scottish national side of Dougie Brown and Freddie Coleman took us down in a thriller.