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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.
See also: down, vote

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
References in classic literature ?
That he may be the only one who thinks he sees this decay, does not ex- cuse him; it is his duty to agitate anyway, and it is the duty of the others to vote him down if they do not see the matter as he does.
He will say the Tories are the election winners because they are the most popular party - daring Labour and the SNP to vote him down. Labour will accuse him of "squatting" in Downing Street.
The issue is only interesting to most of us because of the undeniably fascinating sight of the Prime Minister twisting in the wind as Labour rebels threaten to vote him down.