bring down

Definitions

  • wolfhound bringing down kangaroo
    wolfhound bringing down kangaroo
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bring down cut down on; make a reduction in "reduce your daily fat intake","The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
    • v bring down impose something unpleasant "The principal visited his rage on the students"
    • v bring down cause to be enthusiastic "Her playing brought down the house"
    • v bring down move something or somebody to a lower position "take down the vase from the shelf"
    • v bring down cause to come to the ground "the pilot managed to land the airplane safely"
    • v bring down cause the downfall of; of rulers "The Czar was overthrown","subvert the ruling class"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bring down to humble
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Quotations

  • Walter Bagehot
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    “A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.”
  • Nelson Algren
    Nelson Algren
    “The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “Globalists are bringing our country down. I tried telling people.”

Idioms

Bring the curtain down - If you bring the curtain down on something, you bring it to a end.
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Bring the house down - Something that brings the house down is acclaimed and praised vigorously.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bringan, to carry, to bring; allied perh. to Bear.

Usage

In literature:

A good shot like you ought to be able to bring down lots of game of your own.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
It took many a score of years to bring you here, but now you must come down.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
He'll cool down by the time he reaches Archer's and brings back more seed.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
It was a fine bit of game to bring down, the antlers having twelve prongs.
"American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Edward Stratemeyer
Their masters came, of course, every year to bring down the rubber that had been collected.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I have known Mr Butler bring down fifty in one week.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
I can't bring down any drive till you do explain.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
The dogs were necessary to drag it from this drift, and one had to go down and bring them up.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
Maybe we can bring down the whole flock!
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
I bade you bring down the cake with you.
"Feats on the Fiord" by Harriet Martineau
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In poetry:

Th' woint roars i'th chimbley,
Brings down the soot;
Mam knits, an' sings, an'
Rocks with her fuut.
"Cradle Song" by Edwin Waugh
WHEN you come to London Town,
(Grieving-grieving!)
Bring your flowers and lay them down
At the place of grieving.
"London Stone" by Rudyard Kipling
He sees the hounds of Wonder
Bring down their fleeting prey
He sees the swift blood flowing
At dawning of the day.
"The King of Ireland's Cairn" by Anna Johnston MacManus
We seek no oil in summer time
Our winter lamp to trim,
But strive to bring God down to us,
More than to rise to Him.
"January" by Alice Cary
To court his hairy captive soon
Sir Valentine doth bring;
And kneeling downe upon his knee,
Presents him to the king.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
It brings men from all ranks of life,
Down to the brutish tribe,
Where everything is war and strife,
And wickedness abide.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin

In news:

Denton Ryan's linebacker Cole Carpenter, junior (36), brings down Flower Mound's quarterback, Matt Hirst (9) on Friday, November 9, 2012, at Neal Wilson Stadium.
A 40 foot plus tree came down, hitting another tree and bringing both down on a home on Snake Road in the hills of Oakland, Calif, Monday, Dec 10, 2012.
(courtesy Photo/colfaxfootball.com)Colfax's Brendan Flagg (13), Corey Wilhelm and Matt Paskey, right, bring down Foothill 's Robert Dotson.
Buffalo had some success against the UGA defense, but not on this particular play as Amarlo Herrera brings down Bulls quarterback Alex Zordich.
Longer term, political analyst says president's legacy will ride on his ability to bring down the deficit.
On a night when many tried to be funny and failed, Sandler showed that even the guy who starred in That's My Boy can bring down the house with a good rhyme about an inept Jets quarterback.
Pol threatens to bring down Italo government.
Silvio Berlusconi has reacted to his conviction in a tax fraud case concerning TV rights deals with Hollywood studios by threatening to bring down Italy's government in a rampage that could also damage his Mediaset TV empire.
Bringing down the gavel on retirement.
Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit eastern United States, flooded servers of Datagram Inc in New York City, bringing down several media websites it hosts, including Huffington Post and Gawker .
Von Miller, bringing down Chargers QB Philip Rivers last weekend, has 24.5 sacks in just two seasons with the Broncos.
They'll sit in my lap, purr at me, and bring down the blood pressure.
Studies have shown that animals do indeed bring down blood pressure and people with pets seem to generally have a positive outlook.
Norman North's Lavante Doxey tries to bring down Jenks running back Trey'Vonne Barr'e (5) Friday during 6A State championship football game in Stillwater.
Vaclav Havel , the Czech playwright who led a revolution to bring down the country's communist regime, has died.
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In science:

The colourspin attraction brings the Jaffe-Wilczek-like state down to a low mass, compatible with the experimental observation and below that of the naive ground state with all S -waves.
A model realisation of the Jaffe-Wilczek correlation for pentaquarks
Additional cosmological data sets bring down this upper limit by a factor of two .
The Cosmological Parameters
The addition of a single 3He atom was enough to bring down the total superfluidity by blocking the exchange in the second layer.
Superfluidity of Dense $^4$He in Vycor
However, in order to bring the optical sensitivity down to the single atom level, we require an optical cavity to increase the atom-light interaction strength.
Progress in atom chips and the integration of optical microcavities
This brings the highest flux for the tγ ∼ 1 s solutions down to about 140 mJy – still a bit bright, but there are many other solutions for this case that have flux smaller than about 10 mJy, and probably in accord with observations and upper limits.
A general scheme for modeling gamma-ray burst prompt emission
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