bring down

bring down

  1. (transitive) To make a legitimate rulership lose their position of power.
    The rebel forces are trying to bring down the president and his government.
  2. (transitive) To reduce.
    The latest budget reforms are intended to bring down the level of inflation.
    • 2012 October 23, David Leonhardt, "," New York Times (retrieved 24 October 2012):
      The causes of income stagnation are varied and lack the political simplicity of calls to bring down the deficit or avert another Wall Street meltdown.
  3. (transitive) To humble.
  4. (transitive) To make something, especially something flying, fall to the ground. Usually by firing a weapon of some kind.
    He brought down a pheasant with his first shot of the day.
    ''For survival off-the-grid, one should have a gun that can bring down most animals without damaging their meat.
  5. (sports, transitive) To cause an opponent to fall after a tackle.
  6. (transitive) To make someone feel bad emotionally.
    The news of his death brought her down.
    • 1994, Green Day, Basket Case
      I went to a shrink, to analyze my dreams. He said it's lack of sex that's bringing me down.''

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