be down

1

Be depressed, in low spirits, as in During the winter months Sue's always down, but spring cheers her up. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]

2

Be knowledgeable, canny, or sophisticated, as in He was really down with the new group. This usage probably originated among jazz musicians. [Slang; mid-1940s]


Nearby words

  1. be a credit to,
  2. be along,
  3. be big on,
  4. be bound to,
  5. be busted,
  6. be had,
  7. be in on,
  8. be into,
  9. be my guest,
  10. be off

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