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letdown

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[let-doun]
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noun
  1. a decrease in volume, force, energy, etc.: a letdown in sales; a general letdown of social barriers.
  2. disillusionment, discouragement, or disappointment: The job was a letdown.
  3. depression; deflation: He felt a terrible letdown at the end of the play.
  4. the accelerated movement of milk into the mammary glands of lactating mammals upon stimulation, as by massage or suckling.
  5. Aeronautics. the descent of an aircraft from a higher to a lower altitude preparatory to making an approach and landing or to making a target run or the like.
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Origin of letdown

First recorded in 1760–70; noun use of verb phrase let down
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  • For most people, the experience of hypnosis is something of a letdown.

  • Knowing that nothing was in sight but waiting was a letdown after the activity of the predawn hours.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine


Word Origin and History for letdown

n.

also let-down, "disappointment," 1768, from let (v.) + down (adv.). The verbal phrase is from mid-12c. in a literal sense; figuratively by 1795.

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