comedown

noun
come·​down | \ ˈkəm-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of comedown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a descent in rank or dignity

come down

verb

Definition of come down (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to lose or fall in estate or condition has come down in the world
2a : to pass by tradition a story that has come down from medieval times
b : to pass from a usually high source word came down that the strike was over
3 : to place oneself in opposition came down hard on gambling
4a : to deal with a subject directly when you come down to it, we all depend on others
b : to reduce itself : amount it comes down to this
5 : to become ill came down with measles
7 : go on, happen what's coming down

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Examples of comedown in a Sentence

Noun

For a man who was once a very popular actor, working in a nightclub is quite a comedown. after a rapid rise to stardom, the rock band's comedown was just as quick

Verb

let's wait and see what comes down at the meeting
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The coffee business looks fine right now, but the eventual comedown may be brutal. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why the Coffee Business Will Get Cold," 28 Dec. 2018 The effects lasted maybe an hour or so, with no comedown and no hangover. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "I Tried Kin, the New Non-Alcoholic Drink That Promises to Cut Stress and Produce Bliss," 5 Dec. 2018 What the Vatican considered a stunning comedown, many American Catholics saw as a soft landing. James Martin, WSJ, "The Missing Link in Sex-Abuse Reform," 20 May 2018 In the end there was nothing but the comedown from an evening of Rih. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "At Savage X Fenty’s Runway Show, All Women Are Goddesses," 13 Sep. 2018 That is a sharp comedown from expectations earlier this year of a $100 billion valuation and is also less the $65 billion to $85 billion that several brokerage analysts had estimated Xiaomi to be worth. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Xiaomi Prices Hong Kong IPO at Bottom of Target Range," 29 June 2018 Misty’s new record is whatever comes after catharsis—comedown, sobriety, the cold light of dawn. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Let Father John Misty Explain Your Boyfriend To You," 20 Apr. 2018 But this is quite a comedown for an asset class once touted as an elegant, almost automatic, way to return struggling banks to health. The Economist, "Coco bonds have not lived up to their promise," 19 Apr. 2018 Over the past year, the comedown for China’s insurance industry has been rough. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "Fired Chinese Insurance Regulator Charged With Bribery, Abuse of Power," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of comedown

Noun

1840, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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comedown

noun

English Language Learners Definition of comedown

: a situation in which a person falls to a lower level of importance, popularity, etc. : a fall in status or position

come down

intransitive verb
came down; coming down

Legal Definition of come down

: to be announced the decision came down from the Supreme Court

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