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vote down

To defeat some measure or candidate through an official vote. Often used in passive constructions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "vote" and "down." As expected, the country voted the political newcomer down in the general election, but he fared much better than many had expected at the beginning of the campaign. The proposed legislation was narrowly voted down in the house of representatives.
See also: down, vote

vote someone or something down

to defeat someone or something in an election. The community voted the proposal down. They voted down the proposal.
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vote down

Defeat a candidate or measure, as in The new amendment was voted down by a narrow margin. This idiom was first recorded in 1642.
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vote down

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To reject or defeat something by vote: Parliament voted down the amendment. Should we approve this budget plan or vote it down?
See also: down, vote
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It is Mr Burnham who should check the record because I was at the Assembly Committee Meeting where their Rural Affairs Spokesman, Mick Bates, sided with Labour to vote down a proposal to have a full public inquiry in Wales.
Congress can vote down the president's request, but he can veto Congress's vote.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday he would advise Labour Party lawmakers to vote down a Brexit divorce deal that Theresa May is trying to clinch with the European Union.
She told the BBC she may still vote down a Labour Queen's Speech in the event of a narrow election win for Ed Miliband, despite her opposition to David Cameron.
ALTHOUGH I am disappointed there will be a delay in having a referendum on Scottish independence, I believe that is preferable than having the unionist parties vote down the referendum in the Scottish Parliament.
''It is very regrettable that our party members did not vote down a no-confidence motion submitted by the opposition,'' Mori said.
LABOUR yesterday threatened to vote down the SNP's budget unless they revive the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL).
Alun Cairns said the chief whips of both parties usually mobilised backbenchers to vote down opposition proposals, however non-partisan.
But Labour rebels joined the Tories and Lib Dems to vote down the plan by 267 to 246.