let down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v let down fail to meet the hopes or expectations of "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"
    • v let down move something or somebody to a lower position "take down the vase from the shelf"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Let down to allow to fall: to bring down
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. [Ephesians 4:26]”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger. [Ephesians 4:26]”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “I knew my trainer believed in me and I couldn't let Him down.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.”
  • Elton John
    Elton John
    “Don't be afraid to let her into your heart and when your down, don't try to carry the whole world on your shoulders.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”

Idioms

Let your guard down - If you let your guard down, you relax and stop looking out for danger.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lǽtan, to permit, pt.t. lét, leót, pp. læten; Ger. lassen, Fr. laisser, to permit.

Usage

In literature:

Let's sit down and rest a minute.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Let's walk down to that corner.
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
At the first we let down by line for half a mile, when we had dinner.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Then the two scows floated over the top of the pit and began letting down.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
They were a little short for her, but there were tucks that could be let down.
"Peggy in Her Blue Frock" by Eliza Orne White
But for all that, I'd sooner do it than let the school run down.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
If anyone's to go down, let the quartermaster go down, I says!
"The Pirate Shark" by Elliott Whitney
He frankly enjoyed her society, and it was not long before he let down the barriers of his reserve.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Kneel down, and let me fasten it for you at once!
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Shall I have you let down?
"Devon Boys" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

O never let my Lord depart;
Lie down, and rest upon my heart;
I charge my sins not once to move,
Nor stir, nor wake, nor grieve my Love.
"Hymn 68" by Isaac Watts
Yet while here and there they thrid them
In their zest to sell and buy,
Let me sit me down amid them
And behold those thousands die . . .
"The Bridge Of Lodi" by Thomas Hardy
I let in the morn on the morrow,
And failed not to think of him then,
As he trod up that rise in the twilight,
And never came down again.
"The Death Of Regret" by Thomas Hardy
But when they came lo the long long walls
That stretch from sea to sea,
That old old Balt let down his chin,
And a thoughtful man grew he.
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley
Aye, let me pass. No life will miss me
Save few first days.
A shudder, stooping down to kiss me,
A little love and tardy praise;
Then the old ways.
"Beyond The Shadow" by Augusta Davies Webster
"Wake up! O sadden'd mortal, wake!
Shake off that anxious, careworn frown,
Thy hopes renew, fresh courage take,
Nor let your troubles weigh you down.
"To A Canary" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

At least now I can let my hair down,'' she said.
Let's begin with turn down.
Let's get right down to it for both divisions.
(AP) — Madeleine Raley wasn't going to let a little thing like cancer get her down.
Don't let the weather get you down, let us do that for you instead.
For many, 401(k)s are proving to be a big let-down.
If you're an e-mail pack rat like me, you let your inbox fill up with thousands of messages of varying degrees of importance knowing you will need to refer to some old conversation or contact at some point down the road.
Voters in Michigan have struck down the law that let the governor appoint an emergency manager to oversee struggling school systems or local governments.
Will candidates let down the vets.
Let's get a fresh start by reopening the business and attractions that are Seaside staples and knock down the the skeleton of bad memories of a storm we'll never forget.
Deputy First Minister issues invite to Orange Order: let's sit down and talk about parades.
So let's break it down hero by hero -- who's the hottest and why.
I'm glad that our staff elves haven't let you down.
Don't let gray winter skies get you down.
According to one D.C.-based LivingSocial employee, at least 25 people were let go today, not including a company president who "stepped down".
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In science:

Let’s recall that R can be expressed as a sum of two contributions, as written down in Eq. (10).
Test of the fluctuation theorem for stochastic entropy production in a nonequilibrium steady state
Let F denote the convex rank test called up-down analysis .
Convex Rank Tests and Semigraphoids
Let the left boundary spins be spin up and the right boundary spins be spin down.
SLE in the three-state Potts model - a numerical study
N ↓ − (qh) as production yields of the h meson emitted to Let us define N ↑ the left around the qh angle as measured with the up and down beam polarisation, respectively, i.e.
Summary of studies of the eta meson production with polarized proton beam at COSY-11
Let us note that when material is ejected into a Keplerian disk the star loses angular momentum, slows down and evolves away from the limit.
Evolution towards the critical limit and the origin of Be stars
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