down under

or Down Under

  1. Australia or New Zealand.

  1. in, to, or into Australia or New Zealand.

Origin of down under

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby down under Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use down under in a sentence

  • They walked together to a recess in the garden, where they sat down under the full radiance of the unclouded moon.

  • Quick as a flash he jumped in and dived down, down under where the fish were darting.

  • He sat down under a tree, and began talking very quietly and unconcernedly with the neighbours, as if nothing had happened.

  • When a man was tired, and the sun was hot, he sat down under a tree for shelter and rest.

  • Just before he reached the car one of the thermos bottles started to slide down under his elbow.

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British Dictionary definitions for down under

down under

/ informal /

  1. Australia or New Zealand

  1. in or to Australia or New Zealand

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