bring down

Definitions

General English

Commerce

  • phrasal verb to add a figure to an account at the end of a period to balance expenditure and income

Politics

Publishing

  • verb to put something lower down

Slang

  • verb to depress or disappoint. A black American and beatnik term, like the other phrasal verbs ‘come down’ and put down, adopted in Britain in the early 1960s by jazz enthusiasts among others. The phrase became one of the standard items in the hippy vocabulary. The past form ‘brought down’ was also used in Britain to mean suddenly depressed, especially after an initial drug high.
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