down with


1

Ill with, as in He's down with the flu. The down here alludes to being felled by illness. Also see come down with.

2

Depose, do away with, as in Down with the king! This imperative dates from the early 1500s.

3

Lower or put something down, as in Down with the mainsail. [Mid-1600s]

4

be or get down with. Be close friends with, as in I'm down with that crowd. [Slang; late 1900s]

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