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bringdown

[ bring-doun ]
/ ˈbrɪŋˌdaʊn /
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noun Informal.

a disappointment or disillusionment; letdown: It was quite a bringdown to find myself running last in the mayoral race.
anything, as a cutting remark or critical action, that causes depression or deflates one's ego; a put-down.

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Origin of bringdown

1940–45; noun use of verb phrase bring down; modeled on letdown and causative of comedown
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British Dictionary definitions for bringdown

bring down

verb (tr, adverb)

to cause to fallthe fighter aircraft brought the enemy down; the ministers agreed to bring down the price of oil
(usually passive) slang to cause to be elated and then suddenly depressed, as from using drugs
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Idioms and Phrases with bringdown

bring down

1

Cause to fall, collapse, or die. For example, The pilot won a medal for bringing down enemy aircraft, or The bill's defeat was sure to bring down the party. [c. 1300]

2

Cause a punishment or judgment, as in The bomb threats brought down the public's wrath on the terrorists [Mid-1600s]

3

Reduce, lower, as in I won't buy it till they bring down the price, or He refused to bring himself down to their level. This usage may be literal, as in the first example, or figurative, as in the second. [First half of 1500s]

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