an unexpected or humiliating descent from dignity, importance, or wealth.
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How to use comedown in a sentence
That’s an even more dramatic comedown than the one from Mitchell to Conley.Which Player Does Each NBA Team Introduce First? Who Comes Last? And … Why? | Jared Dubin | February 25, 2022 | FiveThirtyEight
The NCT, then, represented the slow postnuptial comedown, when the establishment of rhythms and routines isn’t always fun but is necessary for a shared goal.Meet the Couple Who Just Set 5 Long-Distance Hiking Records | awise | January 7, 2022 | Outside Online
Most psychedelic therapy playlists follow the arc of a calm, gentle start as the drug kicks in, building up to more intense music while the psychedelic has its peak effects, followed by a gradual return to softer music during the comedown.
One is as a big comedown from the size of the crowds that watched her on broadcast television.
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
Poor Peggy—it was rather a comedown after her fairy visions.Little Miss Peggy | Mrs. Molesworth
"So long as nobody in society hears of this sudden comedown, we shall pull through," he said.A Distinguished Provincial at Paris | Honore de Balzac
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
British Dictionary definitions for comedown
a decline in position, status, or prosperity
informal a disappointment
slang a depressed or unexcited state
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
British 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
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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