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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

vote someone or something down

to defeat someone or something in an election. The community voted the proposal down. They voted down the proposal.
See also: down, vote
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

vote down

v.
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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Another proposal voted down would have required every institution to provide an annual report of its student admissions process to the U.S.
However, recent efforts to undermine science education have failed in conservative Utah, where the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on February 27 overwhelmingly voted down a bill that would have challenged the theory of evolution in science classes.
The first was about 25 years ago; the latest, in 1995, saw sovereignty voted down by less than 1%.
The proposal had previously been recommended by the 1988 Lambeth Conference and voted down by two subsequent meetings of the ACC.
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However, hourly employees voted down the proposals.
In Washington, residents voted down a measure creating charter schools.
Two propositions were voted down and the last one was adopted without a vote by the citizens.
He put forward a motion on Thursday asking that they start at 2pm, not 6pm, but was voted down by Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
Commissioner Lee Beyer also voted down the rate increase.
The House also approved two resolutions encouraging additional education to increase organ donation, and it voted down a resolution against any research into the issue.
The committee also voted down an amendment that would have required programs to include only medically accurate information; the measure, introduced by Democrats, was prompted by the belief that abstinence-only programs often overstate the failure rate of condoms.
One of our members wanted to have little gold plaques with "This is James-Baker-Free Space" welded over each entrance, but she was voted down.
It is the fourth time in six years the House has approved the legislation, which states: "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States." The Senate, which must approve such a measure by a two-thirds majority, voted down identical legislation in 1995 and 2000.