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Hostile or negative toward, ill-disposed to. For example, All the reviewers were down on this play , or Ever since he was injured, he's been down on skiing . [Mid-1800s] Also see down on one's luck .

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Example Sentences

The story showcased him as a down-on-his-luck and homeless father struggling to survive with his son.

There were housing projects, and some truly derelict hotels where the very-down-on-their-luck lived.

After this the Kafirs gave Savage a second very long name which meant "He-who-sits-down-on-snakes-and-makes-them-flat."

"You're a down-on-the-ground fellow who may be able to understand the thing better than I do myself," he declared.

The down-on-their-luck fellows were down through their own fault I supposed.


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