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[kuhm-doun] /ˈkʌmˌdaʊn/
an unexpected or humiliating descent from dignity, importance, or wealth.
Origin of comedown
First recorded in 1555-65; noun use of verb phrase come down Unabridged
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  • They say it is fine and homelike there, but it will surely be some comedown after Rue Brea.

  • Poor Peggy—it was rather a comedown after her fairy visions.

    Little Miss Peggy Mrs. Molesworth
  • And at Anagni he may certainly rest for the night, though his quarters may be a comedown not only from Rome but from Velletri.

    Studies of Travel: Italy Edward A. Freeman
  • There was a comedown now of feathered hats, and point collars, and curled hair; and leathern jerkin should have its day.

    The Pigeon Pie Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I mean to land up in Minsk, working in a grubby little factory is quite a comedown.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • I got the impression he was a bitter man because, I imagine when he defected to Russia, it was comedown.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for comedown


a decline in position, status, or prosperity
(informal) a disappointment
(slang) a depressed or unexcited state
verb (intransitive, adverb)
to come to a place regarded as lower
to lose status, wealth, etc (esp in the phrase to come down in the world)
to reach a decision: the report came down in favour of a pay increase
(often foll by to) to be handed down or acquired by tradition or inheritance
(Brit) to leave college or university
(foll by with) to succumb (to illness or disease)
(foll by on) to rebuke or criticize harshly
(foll by to) to amount in essence (to): it comes down to two choices
(slang) to lose the effects of a drug and return to a normal or more normal state
(Austral, informal) (of a river) to flow in flood
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Slang definitions & phrases for comedown



  1. A reduction of one's status; loss of prestige: Riding the bus was a comedown for her (1840+)
  2. The ending of a drug experience: I cooled it with Quaalude. The comedown wasn't too bad (1950s+ Narcotics)
  3. letdown (1950s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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