put-down

or put·down

[ poot-doun ]
/ ˈpʊtˌdaʊn /

noun

a landing of an aircraft.
Informal.
  1. a disparaging, belittling, or snubbing remark.
  2. a remark or act intended to humiliate or embarrass someone.

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Origin of put-down

First recorded in 1960–65; noun use of verb phrase put down
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British Dictionary definitions for put-down

put down

verb (tr, adverb)

noun put-down

a cruelly crushing remark
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Idioms and Phrases with put-down

put down

1

Write down; also, enter in a list. For example, Please put down my name for a free ticket, or Put me down as a subscriber. [Second half of 1500s]

2

Bring to an end, repress, as in They managed to put down the rebellion in a single day, or We've got to put down these rumors about a takeover. [c. 1300]

3

Kill a sick animal, as in The vet said the dog must be put down. [Mid-1500s] Also see put away, def. 5.

4

Belittle, disparage, criticize, as in Her husband was always putting her down. [c. 1400] Also see run down, def. 6.

5

Ascribe, attribute, as in We put her poor performance down to stage fright. [Late 1700s]

6

Regard, classify, as in We put her down as a hypochondriac. [Mid-1800s]

7

Pay a deposit, as in We put down $2,000 for the car.

8

Store for future use, as in David put down ten cases of this year's Chablis. [Mid-1800s]

9

Land in an aircraft; also, land an aircraft, as in What time will we put down at Heathrow? or She put the plane down exactly on the runway. [c. 1930]

10

Put a child to bed, as in The sitter said she'd put Brian down at 8:30. [Second half of 1900s]

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