[ kuhm-doun ]
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  1. 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

Words Nearby comedown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use comedown in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for comedown


/ (ˈkʌmˌdaʊn) /

  1. a decline in position, status, or prosperity

  2. informal a disappointment

  1. slang a depressed or unexcited state

verbcome down (intr, adverb)
  1. to come to a place regarded as lower

  2. to lose status, wealth, etc (esp in the phrase to come down in the world)

  1. to reach a decision: the report came down in favour of a pay increase

  2. (often foll by to) to be handed down or acquired by tradition or inheritance

  3. British to leave college or university

  4. (foll by with) to succumb (to illness or disease)

  5. (foll by on) to rebuke or criticize harshly

  6. (foll by to) to amount in essence (to): it comes down to two choices

  7. slang to lose the effects of a drug and return to a normal or more normal state

  8. Australian informal (of a river) to flow in flood

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Other Idioms and Phrases with comedown


Lose wealth or position, as in After the market crashed, the Tates really came down in the world. A 1382 translation of the Bible by followers of John Wycliffe had this term: “Come down from glory, sit in thirst” (Jeremiah 48:18).

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