• WordNet 3.6
    • adj right-down complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers "absolute freedom","an absolute dimwit","a downright lie","out-and-out mayhem","an out-and-out lie","a rank outsider","many right-down vices","got the job through sheer persistence","sheer stupidity"
    • adv right-down positively "a regular right-down bad 'un"--Charles Dickens"
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  • Winston Churchill
    “Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.”
  • Linall Jr. A. L.
    Linall Jr. A. L.
    “Good character is like a rubber ball -- thrown down hard -- it bounces right back. Good reputation is like a crystal ball -- thrown for gain -- shattered and cracked.”
  • Gregory Nunn
    Gregory Nunn
    “The most touching epitaph I ever encountered was on the tombstone of the printer of Edinburgh. It said simply: He kept down the cost and set the type right.”
  • Harold Macmillan
    “We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth, and every other man has a right to knock him down for it. Martyrdom is the test.”
  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only those who keep their eye fixed on the far horizon will find their right road.”


In literature:

Why, that there mist goes right down the shore and out to sea, where you can smell it as it comes bubbling up through the water.
"Fire Island" by G. Manville Fenn
Why, if you fell there, you'd go right down into the sea, and it would be salt water instead of soup.
"Three Boys" by George Manville Fenn
My legs ache right down to the ankles.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
Let his head go right down, and he'll soon come to.
"Old Gold" by George Manville Fenn
Now and then, too, I caught sight of water on our right, down through lanes where houses and works were crowded together.
"Patience Wins" by George Manville Fenn
Painters they call 'em nor'ard, as I said; and he painted me prettily, didn't he, right down this cheek?
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
For Jarette bent right down over the open hold, lowering the lantern, whose light played upon the barrel of a pistol.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
They've tied me so tight that the ropes cut right down to the bone.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
Instead, however, of proceeding down the High Street, Iffley led the way down one of the by-streets to the right.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Old Missus would set down dere en take me right down side her en stay dere till we was rested.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration

In poetry:

My man comes running, flecked with blood
From yesterday, and falling down
Cries out most earnestly:--"O King,
My lord, O King, do right, I pray!
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
When 'gainst the unwisely guided King
The dark self-centred Captain stood,
And law and right and peace went down
In that red sea of brothers' blood;--
"Marston Moor" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Our dead lay cold and stark,
But our dying, down in the dark,
Answered as best they might—
Lifting their poor lost arms,
And cheering for God and Right!
"The Bay-Fight" by Henry Howard Brownell
"I dwell by dale and downe," quoth Guye,
"And I have done many a curst turne;
And he that calles me by my right name
Calles me Guye of good Gysborne."
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
And then he swore a dreadful oath,
He swore by the Kingdoms Three,
That, should he meet the Carmilhan,
He would run her down, although he ran
Right into Eternity!
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. The Musician's Tale; The Ballad of Carmilhan - II." by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I only know God's law is just,
And that is all we need to know,
I live down creeds of hate and spite,
I build the nobler creeds of right
That beautify our beings so.
"The Eternal Life" by Folger McKinsey

In news:

'Gun rights' have morphed into the right to gun down 'threats'.
John Morris, right, tries to take down teammate Mark Fogg in practice at the Upper Deerfield midget football complex.
Thao Nguyen, who performs with a band as Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, earns cool band name bonus points right off the bat.
Early in the second quarter, the Matadors were on the Brave 20 when Mayorga lined up in wildcat formation and rushed right down the middle for the 20-yard score.
Out of the timeout by OC, Siegal will knock down a three, but Gordon comes right back with the hook and scores easily.
Montezuma Well is easy to find down in the Verde Valley–it's located right at the intersection of geology and biology.
No double-digit lead was safe as the Spartans and Red Tornadoes combined for 808 yards of offense in an up-and-down game that came right down to the wire.
All of the gun's parts, right down to the screws and springs, are made of walnut or oak.
Diane Bondareff/AP ImagesEli Manning on finally hosting "SNL" after turning it down in the past: "It seemed like the right time.
Bradley Garner (right) rests his head on his father's shoulder as the family sits down for lunch at home.
Going down the center of the snow-covered slope at the Whiteface Mountain ski Area, I begin to pick up speed, slicing through the air, turning my skis right than left to stay on course.
Coleman Shannon was born without a right hand and forearm, due to a medical condition called Amelia, but that hasn't slowed him down from chasing his baseball dreams.
Rob McEwan Greg (Zachary Gordon, third from right) and Rowley (Robert Capron), stand out (or down) from the rest of the singlet-clad wrestling team.
See who's up & who's down right now.
In Bloom 's view, it all comes down to "treating all members of your community well and recruiting the right people," he noted.

In science:

Positive ǫ means that the sand grains are pushed to the up-left corner and negative ǫ means that they are pushed to the down-right corner.
Patterned and Disordered Continuous Abelian Sandpile Model
These regions are the in-plane ferromagnetic domains aligned horizontally from left to right (black) and vertically from down to up (grey).
Multiferroicity, The coupling between magnetic and polarization
However, prototypical processes, e.g. spin-systems or random walks, depend on binary processes (spins up/down or number of left/right steps).
Limit distributions of scale-invariant probabilistic models of correlated random variables with the q-Gaussian as an explicit example
Thus we see that diagrammatically, the process of forming the name of an arrow involves reversing the left-right order of the top row of dots by rotating them concentrically, and sliding them down to lie parallel with, and to the left of, the bottom row.
Temperley-Lieb Algebra: From Knot Theory to Logic and Computation via Quantum Mechanics
Let U be a right triangle obtained from T by translating each vertical chord of T down until its lower endpoint is on the x-axis.
New bounds on the average distance from the Fermat-Weber center of a planar convex body