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ID #1670

bring down

(US Black idem; help to sober a person (Major); DAS a critica or cutting remark; to depress, sadden; OED to lower, humble (no examples with personal obj.)] v.t. 1. to humble or shame a person. (Gen.)

2. to disparage: The negro starts to bring down the white man race—how the white man can only do office jobs (COB). (Nassau)

v. refl. to degrade oneself: 1974 Some of these brothers really bringing themselves down. You think Norman had to be a sissy? (King 8). (Gen.)

Tags: verb, verb phrase

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Last update: 2010-09-12 18:58
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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